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

Animals
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...
This Drone Takes a Whale's Breath Away

This Drone Takes a Whale’s Breath Away

With the goal of conserving the world’s whales, a research group called Ocean Alliance has developed and launched something they call the “snotbot.” Using drone technology, these scientists can capture the exhalations of whales’ blow holes and later examine the material to determine the health of the whales and diagnose illness. Another  research group engaged in...
The Better to Squeeze You With

The Better to Squeeze You With

Just for the record, (to be filed under worst ways to die), when you get squeezed to death by a gigantic boa constrictor you don’t suffocate or asphyxiate, you die of, well constriction. These huge snakes, which can grow up to 13 feet long and weigh more than 80 pounds, were thought to squeeze their victim...
Canary in a Coal Mine and a Bird in a Tunnel

Canary in a Coal Mine and a Bird in a Tunnel

When the famous drug kingpin “El Chapo” escaped from prison through a tunnel, it was a little bird that helped set him free. Found dead in the empty cell, it’s assumed that the bird, a sparrow, was used to test the air quality before Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera climbed down into a tunnel that was more...
A Great Shark Revival

A Great Shark Revival

A small crowd of beachgoers in Cape Cod responded quickly to save the life of a great white shark, stranded and slowly suffocating on the shore.Pouring buckets of water on the shark’s body to keep it breathing, they then towed it back and out into the ocean.  A demonstration of good will, kindness and courage....