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A Writer Lost His Singing Voice, Then Discovered The 'Gymnastics' Of Speech

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Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly testifies at a Senate hearing on Dec. 3. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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"Too naive or too stupid"

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A right wing activist holds a sign during a rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on April 27, 2017 in Berkeley, California. Protestors are gathering in Berkeley to protest the cancellation of a speech by American conservative political commentator Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Carryn Owens, the widow of Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, fought back tears as President Trump addressed her during his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night is expected to strike a more optimistic tone than his inaugural address did last month. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Monkeys' vocal equipment can produce the sounds of human speech, research shows, but they lack the connections between the auditory and motor parts of the brain that humans rely on to imitate words. Brian Jefferey Beggerly/Flickr hide caption

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Say, What? Monkey Mouths And Throats Are Equipped For Speech

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Tilda the orangutan, relaxing between gabfests at the Cologne Zoo. Cologne Zoo hide caption

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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

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Researchers Watch As Our Brains Turn Sounds Into Words

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