The U.S. Embassy in Cuba. Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images

A new scientific analysis suggests that strange noises heard by U.S. diplomats in Cuba who suffered brain trauma and other injuries were made by crickets, according to the New York Times.

Background: The Associated Press released a recording of the sounds in 2017 when officials believed the diplomats may have been targeted by "sonic attacks," which scientists now say resembles the mating call of the Indies short-tailed cricket. While sound may not have caused the incident, doctors have said the symptoms experienced "cannot be faked," leading some researchers to hypothesize that a microwave weapon was actually used in the incidents.

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