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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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 gauge your reaction to a...
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...
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...
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...
Make a Cloud (in Your Mouth)

Make a Cloud (in Your Mouth)

Get atmospheric with Physics Girl. Inhale, click, pressurize and blow!
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...
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...
Fast Facts About Legionnaires' Disease

Fast Facts About Legionnaires’ Disease

A recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has been reported in the South Bronx of New York City and has resulted in 10 deaths. The victims were infected by inhaling the deadly bacteria in a mist or vapor from the contaminated source, which in this case was a cooling tower that had failed to be cleaned or...
Death by Electrical Fan?

Death by Electrical Fan?

National Public Radio recently aired a story on a persistant myth in Seoul, Korea of  “fan death.” Although media outlets and scientists there have attempted to debunk the idea, many residents truly believe that falling asleep with an electrical fan on is a deadly risk. The belief is that the blowing air will cause the body’s temperature...
How to Perform Infant CPR

How to Perform Infant CPR

Infants have different needs when it comes to CPR. Adults most often require it for cardiac arrest, whereas infants more often require CPR as a result of a blocked airway. This also makes it important to start CPR immediately. See how here. Because their airways are narrower and more fragile than adults, its recommended you use...