Do people of different races have different voices?

Is there such thing as a Caucasian, Asian, or African voice? And could you actually identify someone's race just by listening to him or her? Admittedly, the whole notion of race is nebulous to say the least — it's a concept that blends physiological and social differences indiscriminately. But there are still… » 7/23/12 8:00am 7/23/12 8:00am

Weird experiment recreates the sounds our distant ancestors made 3…

Humanity language is the result of some dramatic evolutionary changes over the last few million years, which have reshaped our old primate vocal organs into the more sophisticated organs we use today. So what did all this change sound like? » 11/23/11 10:40am 11/23/11 10:40am

Koalas use uniquely human-like voice box for giant mating calls

If koalas have any reputation at all, it's as quiet, cute marsupials that spend all their time eating eucalyptus. But male koalas unleash loud, deep yells that sound like the mating call of some massive beast. That's exactly the point. » 10/02/11 11:15am 10/02/11 11:15am

Are women really hardwired to remember deep male voices?

No matter how sophisticated and complex we get as a species, we're still influenced by evolutionary drives millions of years in the making. Case in point: A new study argues that human women are seemingly drawn to deep male voices. But is this study reliable, or just playing on our preconceptions about how men and… » 9/12/11 4:41pm 9/12/11 4:41pm

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

Carla Speed McNeil explains what she's learned in 15 years of creating…

When I admitted to Carla Speed McNeil that her new graphic novel Voice was my first experience of Finder — a world that she's been writing, drawing, and self-publishing since 1996 — she said: "Oh dear." » 3/09/11 2:30pm 3/09/11 2:30pm