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It's the size of a golf ball, but a lot more valuable: Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have now verified that a heavy piece of gold, found decades ago in Venezuela, is in fact a single crystal of the valuable element.
Tiny particles of gold have been found in the leaves and other parts of eucalyptus trees in Australia. Though they aren't mineable themselves, these finds could point to gold deposits deep underground.
Gold can only be made by titanic events like neutron star crashes. NASA's Swift satellite has detected a distinct glow from a gamma ray burst that reveals the creation of heavy elements including gold.