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What is the Lifespan of a Voice?

Before Whitney Houston died last week, there was talk of the 48-year-old legendary vocalist staging a comeback.

It wouldn’t have been easy: Somewhere between the years of Houston mesmerizing fans with the resonating “you” in “I Will Always Love You” and the demise of “Being Bobby Brown,” Houston’s voice had deteriorated.

What is the normal life span of a voice? Can training or techniques prevent aging of the vocal cords, and can surgery — or a special gel — correct it?

"The voice is not a finite thing; it’s not something you use up."

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Why does Adele make us cry?

Adele’s voice is known for its chill-inducing highs and lows. But why exactly, does Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ make us cry? It’s all about the dissonance, apparently. The Wall Street Journal’s Michaeleen Doucleff breaks down the science of Adele’s chill-inducing abilities. “An appoggiatura is a type of ornamental note that clashes with the melody just enough to create a dissonant sound,” Doucleff writes. “This generates tension in the listener,” said Martin Guhn, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia who co-wrote a 2007 study on the subject. “When the notes return to the anticipated melody, the tension resolves, and it feels good.” via Wall Street Journal.

Australian barman moons the Queen

Australians are known for their slightly off-center (centre?) sense of humor, but mooning the Queen might have been too cheeky. An Australian barman was fined $750 for being a “public nuisance,” as he followed the Queen’s motorcade with his pants down and an Australian flag between his buttocks. The mooner says Obama is next! via the Brisbane Times

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