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Beatboxing Safer Than Singing
2013-12-23 13:54:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The internet is full of people performing vocal gymnastics routines known as beatboxing – routines full of hash percussive sounds and larynx-straining squeals. According to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois, beatboxing may actually be less harmful to the vocal cords than conventional singing. "While there are lots of data on how the voice is used and can be injured in singers, little is known about the...

Koalas Have A Unique Organ That Allows Mating Calls Similar To Elephants
2013-12-03 04:59:44

[ Watch the Video: Belching For The Ladies, Koala-Style ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Koalas have the appearance of a living teddy bear, inviting many of us to assume they are cute and placid. When mating season starts, however, the males produce a bellow that defies their size and cuteness. As the males inhale, they make a sound somewhat like a creaky door, according to National Geographic reporter Ed Yong. Exhalations sound more like someone belching,...

Elephants And Humans Share Similar, Yet Distinct, Vocal Abilities
2013-10-17 12:13:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last year researchers from the University of Vienna settled a longstanding debate over the way elephants make sounds. With the natural passing of an African elephant in Berlin Tierpark Zoo in 2010, the researchers were able to recover the larynx and bring it into the lab for studying. In their paper released last year the researchers explained how similar an elephant's vocal system is to those used by humans. Lead researcher...

Reducing Voice Loss In The Elderly With Vocal Training
2013-06-25 05:32:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have successfully used vocal training to reduce some of the voice problems experienced by older rats and their work could ultimately lead to new treatment options for aging humans experiencing similar issues. University of Illinois speech and hearing science professor Aaron Johnson and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin explain that the aging process can cause the muscles of the larynx (the organ which...

2013-05-09 23:21:45

Testing and imaging revealed a benign tumor that extended both inside and outside the larynx (voice box) and trachea (wind pipe), a condition so rare that there are fewer than 50 such reported cases in the world. New Hyde Park, NY (PRWEB) May 09, 2013 Earlier this year, 13-year-old Elizabeth Petitfrere didn´t even know what a tumor was. All she knew was that on January 23, the breathing difficulties she had been experiencing became so intense that she called 911. The only thing she...

Speech Style Affects Gender Perception
2013-01-06 05:02:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online According to a new study, the style of a person´s speech may help listeners guess their gender just as much as the high or low pitch of their voice. A researcher from the University of Colorado Boulder examined transgendered people in the middle of their sexual transformation to figure out how humans associate gender categories with different characteristics of speech. The study was based on the doctoral research of Lal...

The Mechanics Of An Elephant's Voice
2012-08-03 05:40:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online African elephants are known to communicate with infrasound - extremely low-pitched vocalizations - over a distance of miles. These infrasounds are at a very low frequency rate, fewer than 20 Hertz per second, and are generally below the threshold of human hearing. A new study, published in the August 3 issue of Science, shows that elephants rely on the same mechanism that produces human speech, and the vocalizations of other mammals,...

Big Cat Roars Similar To Babies Crying
2011-11-03 05:10:16

When lions and tigers roar loudly and deeply — terrifying every creature within earshot — they are somewhat like human babies crying for attention, although their voices are much deeper. So says the senior author of a new study that shows lions' and tigers' loud, low-frequency roars are predetermined by physical properties of their vocal fold tissue — namely, the ability to stretch and shear — and not by nerve impulses from the brain. "Roaring is similar to what...

Koalas Bellow To Boast About Size
2011-09-29 04:16:04

Koalas have a well-earned reputation for being dopey. Sleeping 19 hours out of every 24, and feeding for 3 of the remaining 5 hours, there doesn't seem to be much time for anything else in their lethargic lifestyle: that is until the mating season. Then the males begin bellowing. Benjamin Charlton from the University of Vienna, Austria, explains that they probably bellow to attract females and to intimidate other males. But what messages could these rumbling bellows communicate about their...

2010-11-22 13:27:01

Discovery by George Washington University researchers may improve treatments From a baby's first blurted "bowl!'" for the word "ball" to the whispered goodbye of a beloved elder, the capacity for complex vocalizations is one of humankind's most remarkable attributes -- and perhaps one we take for granted most of our lives. Not so for people who are afflicted with paralysis to their vocal folds and who suffer the social stigma of affected speech. Nor so for engineering professor Michael...


Latest Larynx Reference Libraries

Larynx
2013-01-18 11:20:23

The larynx is an organ that is located within the throat, commonly referred to as the “voicebox”. While the larynx is the primary organ responsible for voice production, it is also crucial in breathing and protecting the airway structures. Location and Structure The larynx is a tube-shaped organ with an average length of four inches. It is located between the hypopharynx and the trachea. It is divided into three sections labeled supraglottis, glottis, and subglottis. The skeletal...

Cricothyroid ligament
2012-07-01 19:07:37

The cricothyroid ligament makes up the largest part of the laryngeal membrane, consisting of a median (anterior) and twin lateral ligaments. The median cricothyroid ligament is a flat band of white tissue joining the cricoid and thyroid cartilages. The lateral cricothyroid ligament is also known as the conus elasticus. The main function of the ligament is to keep the cricoid and thyroid from traveling too far. This ligament is cut during emergency cricothyrotomy. Image Caption: Larynx -...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.