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Film Studio: 'Sorry for the Pain' of Laverne Cox Dubbing Flap

Universal hired male actor for Italian version of 'Promising Young Woman'

(Newser) - In the Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman, Laverne Cox plays the role of Gail, the best friend and boss of Cassie, the protagonist. But the Italian version of the movie has now spurred a dubbing controversy, as the voice of the transgender actor has been replaced with that of a...

What Did the 3K-Year-Old Mummy Say? 'Eeuuughhh'

Sound emerges from reconstructed vocal tract of ancient Egyptian priest Nesyamun

(Newser) - "Every Egyptian hoped that after death their soul would be able to speak," says University of York Egyptologist Joann Fletcher—who just sort of made that happen, at least for one 3,000-year-old Egyptian. But the priest who served under Rameses XI didn't confess of a good...

Alexa Gets Emotional
Alexa Gets Emotional

Alexa Gets Emotional

Amazon lets developers use 'happy/excited' and 'disappointed/empathetic' tones

(Newser) - If you thought HAL 9000 got emotional , check out Alexa—who now has three levels of excitement and three of disappointment added to her somewhat robotic voice, GeekWire reports. On Tuesday, Amazon said developers can have Alexa reply to US users in "happy/excited" or "disappointed/empathetic" intonations. "For...

This Is the Loudest Bird. Just Ask His Girlfriend


Meet the
World's
Loudest
Bird
new study

Meet the World's Loudest Bird

The white bellbird hits 125.4 decibels

(Newser) - The male white bellbird has just earned the distinction of being the loudest bird on the planet. Just ask the female white bellbirds—the guys essentially scream in their faces at courting time. In fact, that's one of the surprises from the study. As the researchers delicately put it...

Amazon Alexa Gets Its First Celebrity Voice

Samuel L. Jackson will come in a clean or explicit version

(Newser) - If Alexa's normal voice is too soothing and bland, you'll soon be able to have Samuel L. Jackson cursing at you instead, if that's to your liking. Per USA Today , Amazon announced a slew of new products and services on Wednesday, and among them was a notice...

Baby's Cries Hint at Adult Voice
Baby's Cries
Hint at Adult Voice
NEW STUDY

Baby's Cries Hint at Adult Voice

Voice pitch could be determined in the womb: study

(Newser) - Whether you have a high-pitched voice or a lower one, a new study suggests that it was probably evident when you were just a baby. As previous research has suggested voice pitch is unchanging in adulthood and nearly set in stone by age 7, researchers in France and the UK...

Want to Hit the Low Notes? Have a Baby
Want to Hit the Low Notes?
Have a Baby
study says

Want to Hit the Low Notes? Have a Baby

Researchers find that a woman’s voice drops after giving birth

(Newser) - Want to sound more authoritative or hit those low notes in your signature song? Just have a baby. It worked for Adele and Kristen Bell , who have both noted that during and after pregnancy, their voices were lower. Researchers at the University of Sussex in Britain may have an explanation...

Introducing Kermit's New Voice
Introducing Kermit's
New Voice

Introducing Kermit's New Voice

Matt Vogel's version heard publicly for first time

(Newser) - If you weren't sure how you'd feel about Kermit the Frog having a new voice, now you can finally decide. Every week, the Muppets release an official "Muppet Thought of the Week" on the official YouTube channel, and this week's video features, for the first time,...

A Big Change Is Coming for Kermit the Frog

Steve Whitmire, who has voiced Kermit since Jim Henson's '90 death, is being replaced

(Newser) - Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice, reports the AP . ABC News and the Hollywood Reporter report that Steve Whitmire has left his role as the voice behind the iconic Muppet. Whitmire has voiced the character since Muppets creator Jim Henson's death in 1990. Per ABC, Whitmire's...

Job Hunters: Your Voice May Give You Away
What Our Voice
Says About Us
NEW STUDY

What Our Voice Says About Us

Changes in voice may reveal a lot about ourselves, study says

(Newser) - Job hunters, take note: If you're insecure during an interview, your voice may give you away. A new study reveals that people speak in higher-pitched voices when they're speaking to someone they see as higher status. Writing in Quartz , the researchers say that men and women who viewed...

The Voice That Narrates House Hunters Speaks Out

Andromeda Dunker gives her first interview

(Newser) - Andromeda Dunker has a voice millions of people would recognize immediately, but a face almost nobody knows. That's because she has narrated reality TV shows, most notably in HGTV's House Hunters franchise, since 2009 without ever being in the spotlight. Now, she's spoken with BuzzFeed to share...

Mom's Voice Really Fires Up a Kid's Brain
Mom's Voice Really
Fires Up a Kid's Brain
NEW STUDY

Mom's Voice Really Fires Up a Kid's Brain

Researchers use MRI scans to observe the impact a mother's voice has

(Newser) - Newborns can pick out their mother's voice in their first days of life, and while the stimulating sound of mom's voice has long been connected to the early emotional and social development of children, little is understood neurologically. Now researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Science Reveals Freddie Mercury's Singing Secrets

Think 'subharmonics'

(Newser) - Freddie Mercury had one of the most memorable voices in music, and now researchers have unlocked some of the mystery behind it. For one thing, his vocal chords moved faster than normal. But the bigger part of the puzzle involves something called subharmonics, which the Consequence of Sound defines as...

Study Sees Roots of 'Gay Lisp' in Boyhood

It may explain the stereotype, says researcher

(Newser) - A documentary that's new on Netflix called Do I Sound Gay? explores the controversial topic of how some gay men sound, well, stereotypically gay. When it comes to the gay voice, Medical Daily notes that "as a society we associate" a lisp with being gay, though the lisp...

Cops Heard Mysterious Voice Coming From Flipped Car

And not the voice of a toddler

(Newser) - A remarkable footnote to the story of the 18-month-old who was rescued after as many as 14 hours upside-down in an overturned car with her dead mother in a Utah river: The four responding Spanish Fork officers who flipped the car swear they all heard a voice saying "help...

Job Hunters, Sound of Your Voice Matters
Job Hunters, Sound of Your Voice Matters
study says

Job Hunters, Sound of Your Voice Matters

Employers rate people more highly when they hear a pitch instead of just reading it

(Newser) - If you're trying to land a job, it's much better to explain why you're the perfect candidate in person than in an email, a new study suggests. And it's got nothing to do with power suits—it's all about your voice. Employers are more likely...

Think You Can't Carry a Tune? Just Sing More
Think You Can't Carry a Tune? Just Sing More
study says

Think You Can't Carry a Tune? Just Sing More

Study finds singing can be learned, like any other instrument

(Newser) - Just as you can learn to play an instrument, you can learn to sing even if you believe you're completely tone deaf, a new study out of Northwestern University finds. Researchers had people from three different age groups sing (kindergarten, sixth grade, and college-age); subjects listened to what they...

Deep-Voiced Attorneys Less Likely to Win in Court

A male lawyer's voice can actually predict whether he wins his case

(Newser) - When it comes to leaders, men and women both prefer women who have more masculine voices, research shows. And men are more likely to vote for men who use deeper, more masculine tones, while CEOs with deeper voices tend to make more money and run larger companies. But when it...

Powerful People Don't Exactly Speak Softly

Margaret Thatcher underwent vocal training when she became prime minister

(Newser) - When we want to be perceived as powerful—think parents scolding misbehaving kids or shoppers haggling with car dealers—we tend to focus not just on our words, but the way we deliver them. Researchers at San Diego State University report in the journal Psychological Science that when people want...

Guys Just Can't Do Sexy Voices

 Guys Just Can't 
 Do Sexy Voices 
study says

Guys Just Can't Do Sexy Voices

But it's easy for women: study

(Newser) - The ability to make one's voice sound hot is, apparently, limited to women. At least that's what a new study finds: Researchers in Pennsylvania asked women to "speak as if they were trying to impress someone with whom they were romantically interested." The subjects did it...

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