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This Week’s Strangest Science News

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At Live Science, we delve into science news from around the world every day — and some of those stories can get a little weird. Here are the strangest, most fascinating, and most surprising news stories from the last week.Unwelcome visitor


A woman in Florida who felt something “weird” in her ear discovered that there was a cockroach inside her ear canal. A doctor at the local emergency room pulled it out with tweezers, but days later, the woman still had trouble hearing. A second doctor’s visit confirmed that pieces of the roach were still inside her ear — including the insect’s head. [Read more about the ear-visiting cockroach]

Dribbling brain fluid

Kendra Jackson at a follow-up appointment after her surgery.

Credit: Nebraska Medicine


In Nebraska, a woman who suffered from a runny nose for years thought that it was caused by allergies. But she recently found out that the liquid streaming from her nose was, in fact, brain fluid. Doctors tracked the leak to a small hole between her skull and nostrils, and they plugged the gap using her own fatty tissue. [Read more about the nasal nightmare]

A.I. matchmaker?

Elon Musk and musician Grimes show up as a couple to the 2018 Met Gala on May 7 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Elon Musk and musician Grimes show up as a couple to the 2018 Met Gala on May 7 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images


Did artificial intelligence just help Elon Musk get a date? Musk showed up at the 2018 Met Gala with musician Grimes; they met on Twitter after he made a joke about “Roko’s Basilisk,” referencing a thought experiment about vengeful artificial intelligence. It turned out that Grimes had made a similar reference in a music video. After that, getting together turned out to be a no-brainer. [Read more about Musk’s AI-inspired “meet cute”]

An ear-ie experience

Courtesy the U.S. Army
Courtesy the U.S. Army

Credit: When a soldier lost her left ear in a car crash, Army surgeons helped her grow a new one — on her forearm.


An active-duty U.S. soldier who lost an ear after a car crash recently received a new one. Surgeons grew the ear on the woman’s forearm, from her own cartilage that took shape from tissue implanted under her skin. After the ear was attached, doctors were able to re-open her ear canal, enabling her to hear again. She is the first American soldier to receive this unusual reconstruction process. [Read more about the unusual operation]

Ultrasonic waves


A class of sounds that are only audible to some people can be pervasive enough to cause headaches and other health issues. Known as “ultrasonics,” they are produced by many types of machinery and are typically too high-pitched for people to hear. But they hover on the threshold of what is audible for those with acute hearing, which can lead to symptoms that are nearly impossible to trace.  [Read more about the weird waves]

Want more weird science news and discoveries? Check out these and other “Strange News” stories on Live Science!

Original article on Live Science.

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