Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

This week brought us one surprising revelation after another:

A Robert Rauschenberg artwork led to the solving of a decades-old murder mystery.

Using the position of the sun and the time of high tide, an astrophysicist pinpointed the birth of Impressionism to the nearest minute.

Researchers discovered buried evidence of more than 15 late Neolithic monuments around Stonehenge.

Apparently, drawings can predict how intelligent a 4-year old will be ten years later.

And this sent shockwaves around the office: Hello Kitty is not a cat.