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Study: Mysterious Sound Recorded by Sickened Cuba Embassy Staff Was Just Crickets

Since 2017, the baffling case of U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba and elsewhere who developed symptoms resembling brain trauma after allegedly hearing strange noises (sometimes called “Havana syndrome”) have spawned plenty of theories of varying plausibility: A “covert sonic device,” malfunctioning spy gear, weaponized microwave radiation, poisoning, and even psychogenic illness. In the latest twist, the New York Times reported on Friday, a pair of researchers is pretty sure that one of the recordings of the strange noises captured nothing more nefarious than a particularly loud breed of cricket. Read More >>

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American Suffers Mysterious Brain Injury in China Similar to ‘Sonic Attack’ in Cuba

The U.S. State Department issued a health warning yesterday to U.S. citizens in China after an American government worker was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. The unnamed worker reported “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure.” Read More >>

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Study: Malfunctioning Surveillance Gear, Not Sonic Weapons, Could Explain Cuba Embassy ‘Attack’

Bizarre reports of US diplomatic staff in Cuba suffering from symptoms resembling brain trauma, allegedly after hearing unsettling sounds resembling scraping metal or insects buzzing, have continued to baffle medical researchers. But a team from the University of Michigan may have come up with a credible explanation for the incident, per the Miami Herald. Read More >>

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Doctors Find Symptoms of Brain Trauma in U.S. Staff in Cuba, But No Evidence of ‘Sonic Device’

The bizarre saga surrounding what officials have alleged was an attack on U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba using a “covert sonic device” has continued to get weirder, with the first comprehensive medical study of the affected personnel revealing that they indeed suffered symptoms resembling the effects of traumatic brain injuries that doctors simply cannot explain. Read More >>

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The Case of a Brain-Damaging ‘Sonic Weapon’ in Cuba Is Only Getting Stranger and Scarier

The baffling story of US diplomats in Cuba suffering hearing loss and brain damage in some sort of covert “health attack” just gets stranger and more terrifying with every new report. The Associated Press has learned that victims’ recollections and symptoms are even more varied and serious than we previously knew. Read More >>

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Reports of Cuba’s Deafening ‘Covert Sonic Device’ Are Only Getting Stranger

The State Department has remained tight-lipped about the strange circumstances in which US diplomats to Cuba reportedly suffered permanent hearing damage from an “inaudible covert sonic device.” But new details reveal that “a deafeningly loud sound similar to the buzzing created by insects or metal scraping” was also used to harass the American envoys. What’s more, the number of people who were harmed is reportedly even greater than was previously known. Read More >>

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Here Is What’s Going on With the Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Matthew

Since yesterday evening, Hurricane Matthew has gathered strength and is on a collision course with the Caribbean. Here’s what we know about the strongest hurricane to hit the region since 2007. Read More >>

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This Guy Photoshops Suits on to Cuban Passport Photos for a Living

Lian Marrero has an unusual job. When a customer arrives at his studio, he takes their photograph in whatever they happen to be wearing. Then, he fires up photo-editing software, so his subject can leave looking smarter in print than in person. Read More >>

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Google’s Giving Internet to Cuba

Cuba is one of the least digitally connected nations in the world. But Barack Obama has announced that Google will start providing the island nation with internet service. Read More >>

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The CIA Wanted to Kill Fidel Castro by Giving Him a Diving Suit Laced With Tuberculosis

It’s no secret that the US government wanted to kill Fidel Castro many times over the years. But there’s a crazy story about a possible CIA assassination attempt that I’d never heard before: Giving Castro a diving suit that would be contaminated with tuberculosis. Read More >>

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US Missile Mysteriously Turns Up in Cuba and No One Knows How It Got There 

A Hellfire missile that the US shipped to Europe for NATO training purposes last year somehow wound up in Cuba. As far as losing sensitive military technology goes, this is one of the biggest screw-ups of its kind. Read More >>

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I’m Going to Kayak From Cuba to Florida

A couple of months ago a friend of mine approached me with something that sounded insane. Did I want to kayak from Cuba to Florida? I hadn’t paddled in a year, it was just a month away, and I’d just broken a rib. It was almost certainly a very, very stupid idea. So I said yes. Read More >>

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The US Built a Bizarre “Twitter for Cuba” to Help Undermine Castro

In one of the oddest reports of spy games we've heard in years, the AP has uncovered a United States plot to create a "Cuban Twitter" that would lure in users with football scores and music news before evolving its message into anti-Castro rhetoric. If any part of that made you say what, don't worry, that's a perfectly natural response. Read More >>