This Week’s Strangest Science News


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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 some of the strangest science news articles from this week.

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A man in China buying a replacement battery for his iPhone had an explosive experience when he tested the battery by biting it. [Read more about the exploding battery]

Camels are seen during a beauty contest as part of the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rumah, some 160 kilometers east of Riyadh.

Camels are seen during a beauty contest as part of the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rumah, some 160 kilometers east of Riyadh.

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Camels are seen during a beauty contest as part of the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rumah, some 160 kilometers east of Riyadh.
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The puckered pouts of 12 camel contestants in a Saudi Arabian camel beauty contest led to the camels’ disqualification, when officials discovered that a veterinarian had injected the animals’ faces with Botox. [Read more about the chemically enhanced camels]

Rats, which live alongside people all over the world, recently gave a Parisian trash collector an unpleasant surprise.

Rats, which live alongside people all over the world, recently gave a Parisian trash collector an unpleasant surprise.

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Rats, which live alongside people all over the world, recently gave a Parisian trash collector an unpleasant surprise.
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A garbage collector got an unpleasant surprise when he opened a plastic trash bin near the banks of the Seine, and found dozens of rats swarming inside. [Read more about the rat swarm]

Many flat-Earthers believe the Earth is a disc surrounded by an ice wall.

Many flat-Earthers believe the Earth is a disc surrounded by an ice wall.

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Many flat-Earthers believe the Earth is a disc surrounded by an ice wall.
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“Mad” Mike Hughes, a flat-Earth conspiracy theorist, is revisiting a previous aborted attempt to prove the Earth is flat, by launching a homemade rocket to take photos from about 1,800 feet (550 meters) above the ground, thereby “revealing” that the planet is a flattened disc (spoiler: it’s not). [Read more about the DIY rocket launch]

Divers recently found a group of red handfish (<i>Thymichthys politus</i>), a rare and critically endangered species known only in southeastern Tasmania, Australia.

Divers recently found a group of red handfish (Thymichthys politus), a rare and critically endangered species known only in southeastern Tasmania, Australia.

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Divers recently found a group of red handfish (Thymichthys politus), a rare and critically endangered species known only in southeastern Tasmania, Australia.
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Scientists recently discovered a previously unknown population of peculiar-looking fish in waters near Tasmania, Australia. Known as “red handfish,” they have distinctive red markings, dour expressions, and can “walk” using their fins. [Read more about the red handfish]

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

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