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

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...
Make a Cloud (in Your Mouth)

Make a Cloud (in Your Mouth)

Get atmospheric with Physics Girl. Inhale, click, pressurize and blow!
What You Buy Is What You Breathe

What You Buy Is What You Breathe

To raise awareness about the air pollution created from the burning of forests to make way for palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia, the environmental group WWF has  launched a “you breathe what you buy” campaign. Images of lipstick, toothbrushes and food products that are made using palm oil are...
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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...
Insult, Injury, Rejection and Death

Insult, Injury, Rejection and Death

New research shows that living on or near busy roads with high levels of air pollution raises the risk that a lung transplant recipient will experience organ rejection and death. Based on data gathered  from lung transplant patients in 10 European countries between 1987 and 2013, researchers determined that those recipients who lived in areas with...
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...
A Breath to Remember

A Breath to Remember

This year on September 11, 2015, Natalia Malchanova, who died while freediving in August, will be remembered with a worldwide one minute breath hold. The memorial will take place during the opening ceremonies for the 2015 AIDA Individual World Championships. AIDA, the Worldwide Federation for breath-hold diving, is one of two rule and record-keeping bodies...
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...
A Very Deep and Heartfelt Goodbye

A Very Deep and Heartfelt Goodbye

It seems to many fans (including myself) and practitioners of freediving that the sport of freediving existed in two separate states – before Natalia Molchanova and after.  Accomplished and extraordinary, making and breaking record after record, Natalia showed the world what is possible in mind, body and spirit when it came to going deep and then...
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...