What would happen to your voice if you just... stopped talking?

What if tomorrow you woke up and decided that you were going to stop speaking? Not for a day, not for a week — but for, say, twenty years. What effect would if have on your body? What effect would if have on your mind? » 1/24/14 1:17pm 1/24/14 1:17pm

Behold the bizarre alien creature that is the human vocal cords

No, this isn't footage from a particularly grotesque alien invasion film. It's stroboscopic footage from a laryngoscopy, showing us what the human vocal cords look like in action. » 11/17/12 1:00pm 11/17/12 1:00pm

New synthetic vocal cord gel gives voice to the voiceless

Call it a silent killer: some 6 percent of the U.S. population has some kind of voice disorder, most of those resulting from scarring of the vocal cords that can lead to diminishing or even total loss of the ability to speak. Giving voice to the voiceless, a team of Harvard and MIT researchers have developed a … » 7/16/11 8:00am 7/16/11 8:00am