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

Monthly archive October, 2015
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...
Beauty is in the Ear of the Breather

Beauty is in the Ear of the Breather

The New York Times ran an article recently, exploring new strange and beautiful sounds made by various artists using the breath. Several musicians were featured, as well as singers who are extending the limits of sound and art to create a different and often distorted or “extended” listening experience. A basson player, Brad Balliett, who in...
Drowning For Attention: Reef Conservation In Thailand

Drowning For Attention: Reef Conservation In Thailand

A series of underwater sculptures meant to convey feelings of despair regarding degradation of the reefs has been installed in the Gulf of Thailand. Spencer Arnold, the project creator, is a student of environmental science and a reef conservation instructor with the New Heaven Reef Conservation Program and Diving School. The statues feature faces and people,...
Breathe More, Eat More

Breathe More, Eat More

For many years it’s been assumed that whales have eaten simply by opening wide and letting their food swim in. A new study in Science Magazine however has revealed that Blue Whales, who every day eat up to four tons of krill,  tiny shrimp-like crustaceans, conserve oxygen when diving. Whales opt to modulate their oxygen depending on...
Vive la Différence! Paris Goes Car-less

Vive la Différence! Paris Goes Car-less

In an effort to improve air quality, Paris held its first “Une Journée Sans Voiture” – a day without a car. For one day, on September 27th, almost one-third of Paris went car-free, including on the Champs Élysées, which was filled with thousands of people walking and on bikes. The results were impressive and surprising. Levels of...
Help Beam Spock's Last Breath

Help Beam Spock’s Last Breath

Leonard Nimoy died earlier this year at age 83 from end-stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). His family continues their efforts to fund a documentary about the same disease. Directed by his son Adam, the film, titled, “COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy” is planned for release early next year. Nimoy, who...