Washington, Dec 04 - A new study has found that listeners can not only distinguish the age and gender but also can accurately determine the relative heights of speakers just by listening to them talk.
The key clue may be contained in a particular type of sound produced in the lower airways of the lungs, known as a subglottal resonance.
"The best way to think about subglottal resonances is to imagine blowing into a glass bottle partially full with liquid: the less liquid in the bottle, the lower the sound," John Morton, a psychologist at Washington University in St. Louis explained.
Washington, Dec. 4 - The much-anticipated music subscription service from Google-owned YouTube is reportedly unlikely to be launched this year.
The video service was scheduled to launch the paid subscription service this year, however, as sources revealed the company isn't satisfied with the product and needs more time to prepare it for a launch in the next year.
According to AllThingsD, YouTube needs to chalk out the best way to integrate user-generated content, like lipsyncs and mashups, along with conventional recordings and videos before officially releasing the paid service.
Washington, Dec. 4 - Astronomers using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have spotted what appears to be two supermassive black holes, at the heart of a remote galaxy, circling each other like dance partners.
Follow-up observations with the Australian Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri, Australia, and the Gemini South telescope in Chile revealed unusual features in the galaxy, including a lumpy jet thought to be the result of one black hole causing the jet of the other to sway.
Washington, Dec. 4 - A NASA application allows users to view 'before and after' images of the impact of human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters on Earth.
With NASA's Images of Change iPad application, users can get an interactive before-and-after view of the changes on Earth.
The app presents sets of images of places around the world that have changed dramatically.
Some of these locations have suffered a disaster, such as a fire or tsunami, or illustrate the effects of human activities , such as dam building or urban growth.
Washington, Dec. 3 - Certain Facebook photo activities are linked to body dissatisfaction among teen girls that may lead to eating disorders and a drive for thinness, a new study has revealed.
The study explored on the theory that appearance exposure on the Internet is linked to body image disturbance among adolescent girls and found that specific Facebook activities are closely linked to body dissatisfaction and a drive for thinness.
Washington, Dec 4 - While growing numbers of Americans believe that US global power and prestige are in decline, top foreign policy experts think China and India will be more important US allies in the future.
Even as support for US global engagement, already near a historic low, has fallen further, this reticence is not an expression of across-the-board isolationism, according to a new poll by Pew Research centre in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a US think tank specialising in foreign policy.
Washington, Dec. 4 - From the 'group dinner freeloader', who wishes to split the bill evenly despite ordering more than others, to the guy who likes to flirt with every waitress, Thrillist. com has revealed the worst types of diners in restaurants.
First of all, there is the joined-at-the-hip couple who show off a lot of PDA by feeding and practically sitting on top of each other, and then there is the defiant mobile phone user who loves to talk loudly.
Another type is the waitstaff abuser, the selfie-obsessed woman and the eavesdroppers who listen in on what the other diners are talking about due to lack of conversation on their own table.
Washington, Dec. 4 - Researchers have warned that the world's largest tropical desert, the Sahara, has suffered a catastrophic collapse of its wildlife populations.
The study by more than 40 authors representing 28 scientific organizations assessed 14 desert species and found that a shocking half of those are regionally extinct or confined to one percent or less of their historical range.
A chronic lack of studies across the region due to past and ongoing insecurity makes it difficult to be certain of the causes of these declines, although overhunting is likely to have played a role.
Washington, Dec. 4 - Researchers have shown that the subsurface ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa may have deep currents and circulation patterns with heat and energy transfers capable of sustaining biological life.
Scientists believe Europa is one of the planetary bodies in our solar system most likely to have conditions that could sustain life, an idea reinforced by magnetometer readings from the Galileo spacecraft detecting signs of a salty, global ocean below the moon's icy shell.
Regions of disrupted ice on the surface, known as chaos terrains, are one of Europa's most prominent features.
Washington, Dec 4 - Affirming that there is no change in the long-held US policy on Kashmir, a senior Obama administration official has said it is for India-Pakistan to set the pace, scope, and nature of talks over it.
"There's not been any change in the long-held US policy that with respect to relations between India and Pakistan, and particularly with respect to issues regarding Kashmir," US assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told foreign reporters Tuesday.
Washington, Dec. 4 - Researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets.
The five planets-WASP-17b, HD209458b, WASP-12b, WASP-19b and XO-1b-orbit nearby stars.
The strengths of their water signatures varied. WASP-17b, a planet with an especially puffed-up atmosphere, and HD209458b had the strongest signals.
The signatures for the other three planets, WASP-12b, WASP-19b and XO-1b, also are consistent with water.
Washington, Dec 4 - Describing India-US relationship as beyond bilateral a regional and a global relationship, a senior Obama administration official has said their strategic partnership would keep growing without a pause for India's upcoming parliamentary elections.
"I don't think that there's any pause. I think everything is moving forward apace," US assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told foreign reporters Tuesday.
Washington, Dec 4 - US space company SpaceX launched their first commercial satellite from Florida, in a mission that will usher in a newcomer in the global launch services industry.
The Falcon 9 rocket launched the commercial SES-8 telecommunications satellite for satellite services provider SES from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Tuesday, reported Xinhua citing the California-based company's live webcast.
The launch was originally set to take place last week, but was delayed twice due to technical and engine problems.
Washington, Dec 4 - If Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has his way, instead of bombs, unmanned drones may soon be delivering from books to medicines to essential supplies at one's doorstep at the click of a button.
Bezos revealed the giant online store's plans Sunday for a drone-based delivery service called Prime Air that would bring customers within a 10 mile radius, items weighing up to five pounds only a half-hour after they click the "buy" button.
"I know this looks like science fiction, it's not," he said on CBS News' "60 Minutes", adding that "It will work, and it will happen, and it's gonna be a lot of fun."
Washington, Dec 4 - Even as it made clear that there was no change in its visa policy, the US Tuesday said that it looked forward to working with any new Indian government that emerges from the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.
"The United States looks forward to working in close partnership with India with whatever the outcome of that election process will be in terms of the next government that comes into place," Washington's new point person for South Asia told foreign reporters.
Washington, Dec 4 - US President Barack Obama has named Christine Fox, the former chief programme and budget analyst with the department of defence, to serve as Pentagon's acting deputy secretary, a senior official said Tuesday.
Fox will take over as acting deputy secretary of defence Thursday, Xinhua quoted Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel as saying. The administration is searching for a permanent replacement for Ashton Carter, who is to leave the job of deputy secretary of defence Wednesday.
Washington, Dec. 3 - In the host of other tweaks to its features, Facebook is now rolling out an ' Unfollow' button that will replace the 'Hide All' option.
The ' Hide All' button allows users to remain friends with someone while merely hiding their updates from their News Feed.
However, the new 'unfollow' feature would let users to further filter their News Feed by removing the updates from people they simply do not want to have feeds from, TechCrunch reports.
Similar to Twitter and Instagram, the concept of unfollowing is becoming a bigger part of Facebook and the unfollow button will appear next to the 'Like' button in profiles.
Washington, Dec. 3 - Engineers from the University of Toronto have developed a new algorithm that could potentially change and simplify the way we look for pics among the billions on social media sites.
Developed by Parham Aarabi, a professor in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his former student, Ron Appel, the search tool uses tag locations to quantify relationships between individuals, even those not tagged in any given photo.
Imagine you and your mother are pictured together, building a sandcastle at the beach. You're both tagged in the photo quite close together.
Washington, Dec 03 - Up till now it was unknown to researchers whether ingested plastic transfers chemical additives or pollutants to wildlife, but a new study has shown that toxic concentrations of pollutants and additives enter the tissue of animals that have eaten microplastic.
Lead author Mark Anthony Browne, a postdoctoral fellow at NCEAS, had two objectives when the study commenced: to look at whether chemicals from microplastic move into the tissues of organisms; and to determine any impacts on the health and the functions that sustain biodiversity.
New York, Dec. 3 - The Metro-North passenger train that derailed last week killing 4 and injuring 60 others was reportedly speeding at 82 mph when entering the 30mph curve, a federal investigator has revealed.
The train was traveling faster than usual, but whether it was human error or brake trouble was still unclear.
The operator, William Rockefeller had claimed that he applied the brakes, but they didn't work.
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