Arctic Find: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week
Also, a weird finding about CEOs
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2016 5:17 AM CDT
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A file shot of the HMS Erebus, found two years in the Arctic. Its sister ship, the HMS Terror, has just been found, too.   (Parks Canada/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – A famed shipwreck and bad news for behemoths of the deep ocean were among the most intriguing discoveries this week:

  • Long-Sought Shipwreck Finally Found: The second and final lost ship from a renowned polar expedition has finally been found. Researchers with the Arctic Research Foundation located the HMS Terror off King William Island, one of two ships in Sir John Franklin's doomed 19th-century expedition. It's in mint condition, though miles away from where historians long thought it should be. The breakthrough? A local Inuit man happened to be on the search vessel. What's more, its location changes the narrative about the crews' last days.
  • After 445M Years, an Unprecedented Shift in Our Oceans: Bigger is no longer better, at least when it comes to the extinction threat facing the animals who call our planet's oceans home. Stanford researchers found that, for the first time, large-bodied marine animals, not smaller, are the ones now more vulnerable to extinction, and we're likely to blame for throwing the system into reverse.

  • Your CEO Could Be an Actual Psychopath: What do prisoners and CEOs have in common? The answer isn't the punchline to a joke, but the finding of an Australian study out of Bond University that says about 20% of chief executives are psychopaths. And in the corporate world, this gives them a specific advantage.
  • Toxins Found in Indoor Dust Samples: We're surrounded by toxic chemicals, and even holing up in our meticulously kept homes may not save us. Ten chemicals that may be hazardous to our health were found in over 90% of indoor dust samples taken for a new study. These chemicals are found in everyday items you may suspect (cleaning products, cellphones) but also in ones that may surprise you.
  • How Sober People Influence Drunk Ones: Think you're a good judge of your own level of inebriation while drinking? Think again. Researchers say our perception of just how intoxicated we are shifts depending on those around us, so much so that we think we're less drunk when around people who are more so, and we think we're more drunk when around those who are sober. All of which suggests a novel way to curb excessive drinking.
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