I'm only posting this because I couldn't resist the title.
It took them 7 years and untold amounts of money, but NASA scientists managed to get their hand on some dust from a comet (comet Wild-2, to be exact). Apparently, comet dust contains the explanation for life, the universe, and everything.
The scientists called it (and I am not making this up) "cosmic booty", as if they're some sort of space pirates. Or in some interstellar bar.