breath \ 'breth\ n [ME breth]
a. the air taken into or expelled from the lungs. (I was gasping for breath.) b. an inhalation or exhalation of air from the lungs. (She drew in a quick breath.) c. (archaic) the power of breathing; life. d. SPIRIT, ANIMATION— synonyms: life, life force; in one breath : almost simultaneously

Waiting for Your Exhale

Waiting for Your Exhale

When a fan recently asked Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling via twitter if her new show ”Cursed Child” would make him cry, Rowling responded that if it didn’t, “we’ll be checking your vital signs.” While Rowling most likely didn’t mean this literally, the ability to check your vital signs as a way to...
Make a Cloud (in Your Mouth)

Make a Cloud (in Your Mouth)

Get atmospheric with Physics Girl. Inhale, click, pressurize and blow!
What You Buy Is What You Breathe

What You Buy Is What You Breathe

To raise awareness about the air pollution created from the burning of forests to make way for palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia, the environmental group WWF has  launched a “you breathe what you buy” campaign. Images of lipstick, toothbrushes and food products that are made using palm oil are...
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Breathtaking Women's Underwear

Breathtaking Women’s Underwear

The current exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which calls itself the world’s leading museum of art and design, is all about underwear. Titled, Undressed: a Brief History of Underwear, the exhibit includes several tightly cinched mannequins to tell the story of (mostly women’s) underwear design from the 18th-century to the present...

Opioids and Respiratory Depression

All of us breathe without thinking, that is except when we overdose on heroin. Processed from morphine, an opiate extracted from poppy plants, heroin and other opiates when injected turn on the opioid receptors in the brain and block the parts that feel pain. The user may first feel a great feeling of calm that then very...
Out with the Old and In with the Prana

Out with the Old and In with the Prana

It’s not as if you don’t know how to already, but instructions on how to breathe properly are everywhere. Long before you knew you weren’t doing it correctly, one man in particular was bringing the science and art of breathing, what is called pranayama, as a part of yoga, to the United States. B. K....
When All You Want for Christmas is Clean Air

When All You Want for Christmas is Clean Air

The lack of breatheable air in China this holiday season has prompted the people there to actually buy it. Vitality Air, a company in Canada, reports a brisk business selling bottled air from two Canadian locations–Lake Louise and Banff. The cans of air vary in size, but the site states that “7.7 liters provide approximately 150 breaths of...
The Force of Darth Vader's Breath

The Force of Darth Vader’s Breath

  If you are getting overly excited in anticipation of the new Star Wars film, maybe you need to take a deep breath–right along with Darth Vader. Ten full hours of Darth Vader breathing is available on YouTube for your listening pleasure. That deep, daunting, menacing respiration–sounding simultaneously like a dying yet still deadly Darth Vader coming...
The food is delicious. Don't gobble, breathe!

The food is delicious. Don’t gobble, breathe!

Researchers using models of a human throat, mouth and nasal cavities have analyzed how air flows through your mouth when you are eating. In a recent study, they explain how food particles called “volatiles” make their way from the back of your mouth into your nose where you smell them–which then allows you taste the food. Called...
The Wind Blows and the Earth Breathes

The Wind Blows and the Earth Breathes

Recently a man out hiking in Nova Scotia captured on video what appears to be the forest floor breathing deeply. In the video the ground rises up like a blanket and the roots beneath the trees heave upward and downward like human lungs. The breathing movements, combined with sound of the wind adds to the illusion of a breathing...
Diver Down: New Diving Fatality Data

Diver Down: New Diving Fatality Data

The Divers Alert Network (DAN) has issued its annual report: Diving Fatalities, Injuries and Accidents, a compilation of data for the years 2010-2013. Worldwide between 2010 and 2013, DAN received notification of 561 deaths involving recreational scuba diving. The report reveals that the majority of recreational diving fatalities were  men over 40 years of age, and...
The Breath Beneath Your Wing

The Breath Beneath Your Wing

There is a new mobile device being developed that can help asthma sufferers prevent an attack. Called the Wing, the asthma sufferer attaches a palm-sized sensor into their phone and blows into it. The accompanying app measures lung volume – specifically Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV) – how much air is exhaled during a forced breath, and Peak Expiratory...
Discovering Air

Discovering Air

There may not be intelligent life in space, but there is oxygen. Taking 10 years to reach it’s destination, a European spacecraft called the Rosetta, using it’s sampling instruments, detected large amounts of O2 molecules in the gas cloud, or coma, around a comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. While molecular oxygen has been detected on the moons of...
Staying Alive ...with Chest Compressions

Staying Alive …with Chest Compressions

They used to say Disco Kills, but these days it has people staying alive. The American Heart Association is promoting education to conduct hands-only CPR to the beat of the Bee Gees’ famous 1977 disco anthem “Stayin’ Alive.” This tune, which is hard to hear without picturing John Travolta strutting down the street and on the...
Why You Start and Stop to Hiccup

Why You Start and Stop to Hiccup

Misconceptions about Hiccups Hiccups are a reflexive action, a contraction of your diaphragm and your voice box. This onomatopoeia of a bodily function occurs when the diaphragm contracts, causing you to sharply inhale. This along with a contraction of your voice box where the small opening between your chords (glottis) abruptly closes and cuts of the...