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

History
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...
A Lung Cancer Death Remembered

A Lung Cancer Death Remembered

Ten years ago on August 7th, 2005 news anchor Peter Jennings lost his life to lung cancer a the age of 66. A self-made man, he dropped out of high school and eventually became one of the most successful journalists, foreign correspondent and newspersons in the history of the United States. He served as anchor...
The King's Air is a Royal Killer

The King’s Air is a Royal Killer

In an attempt to quantify the effects on people inhaling nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic and common pollutant, a study was commissioned by the Greater London Authority and Transport and conducted by researchers at King’s College London. Through a haze of toxic air, the study reveled that nearly 9,500 people die early each year in...
Doctor Who Dedicated Life to Black Lung Dead at 87

Doctor Who Dedicated Life to Black Lung Dead at 87

The doctor whose research and advocacy helped save the lives of thousands of coal miners died this week at age 87. Dr. Donald Rasmussen brought awareness about black lung  disease, caused by inhaling coal dust, which led to new legislation and finally the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. Read more here. An interview conducted in 1967...
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...
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....