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

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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...
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,...
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...
Circular Breathing ...and All That Jazz

Circular Breathing …and All That Jazz

Is it possible to inhale and exhale at the same time? Both singers and musicians have long practiced something called circular breathing to complete a long note without the interruption that breathing requires. Hardly an easy technique to master, the  singer or musician must breathe air in through the nose at the same time as...
Breathtaking Cocktails

Breathtaking Cocktails

At a bar in London, instead of the tinkling of glasses, what you will hear is the sound of deep breathing. The owners of  Alcoholic Architecture have created a cocktail room where it’s possible to inhale a humidified version of a gin and tonic pumped out as vapor. The alcoho,l as well as being absorbed by...
Put a Ring on It

Put a Ring on It

Dutch artist, Daan Roosegaarde has started a crowd source fund raising campaign on the website Kickstarter to build the world’s biggest air purifier. The tower, the first of which will be in the Netherlands, would put out  123 million cubic feet of clean air per day and tour the world including to a few cities known for...
Gwyneth Paltrow and the Importance of Yawning

Gwyneth Paltrow and the Importance of Yawning

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop provides a quick, 8-step guide to better yawning and not just one kind of yawn, but two. While the emphasis here is on stress relief, there still is no proven theory on why we yawn. Some scientists believe it cools the temperature of the brain and others, citing babies yawning...
Art Breathes

Art Breathes

Mona Lisa has been dead for hundreds of years, but through the use of artificial intelligence she now turns, blinks and breathes. The infamous smile intermittently becomes a frown, and her chest rises and falls so that the viewer can imagine her as Leonardo da Vinci saw her when she sat before him. You can read more about it here....