Spire Fitness Tracker Review: Keep Calm And Keep On Walking

The Spire is a fitness tracker that also measures your breathing, so you can keep tabs on your lungs as well as your steps. Why would you want to do that? Creators Jonathan Palley and Neema Moraveji, of the Stanford's Calming Technology Lab, claim it can help make you a calmer person. » 3/26/15 3:06pm Thursday 3:06pm

The different ways animals breath in one cool animated graphic

Science illustrator and animator Eleanor Lutz—the same who brought us this cool graphic of how animals fly—has created this cool animated illustration showing the differences between animal breathing: Human vs birds vs insects. Even if you paid attention at biology class, it's interesting to watch. » 10/24/14 9:27pm 10/24/14 9:27pm

Even the Sound of Darth Vader Breathing Is Trademarked

Darth Vader's caped getup and face mask is spooky and all, but there's nothing like the grisly, mechanical sound of his breath. Which is why Lucasfilm keeps a close eye on who uses it—even going so far as to trademark 234 seconds of it with the US Patent and Trademark Office. » 10/06/14 10:49am 10/06/14 10:49am

Who Is Breathing the Worst Air in America?

Air pollution in the U.S. is better than it was a decade ago, but a staggering 147.6 million Americans—47 percent of the country—live in places where air quality is often too dangerous to breathe, according to the American Lung Association's State of the Air report. » 4/30/14 1:20pm 4/30/14 1:20pm

I Stop Breathing When I Type and You Probably Do, Too

I noticed a pretty unnerving problem recently. It was a normal day at work. I, being a blogger, spend a lot of time pounding on a little keyboard and staring at a big screen. While working on an especially stressful post and a particularly challenging paragraph, I started getting lightheaded. I'd stopped breathing. » 11/08/13 11:00am 11/08/13 11:00am

Can Humans Breathe Liquid?

Deep water and the unprotected human body don't play well together—like, at all. But what if there were a way to get around the body's chemical limitations, a means of deep diving without the bends or lengthy decompression? Actually, there is. And we've almost figured out how to do it without killing ourselves in the… » 8/27/13 4:00pm 8/27/13 4:00pm

Breathing Smarter For Better Performance

During any form of physical exertion, most people don't think about breath until they're gasping for it. The most advanced exercisers among us are conscious of trying to breathe lower, into their bellies. But there's an even better way, and making this simple switch will get more oxygen into your blood, faster. » 4/25/13 2:00pm 4/25/13 2:00pm

Your Awful Breath Has Its Own Fingerprint

The next time you wake up with morning breath, you can take pride that though it smells bad, no one else's is quite like yours. According to a recent study, you've got a "breathprint" that is not only unique to you, but could also predict diseases. » 4/04/13 4:20pm 4/04/13 4:20pm

Future Fords Adapt and React To Driver Anxiety

Cars are cutting you off on the highway. Your pulse quickens. You need to concentrate. What you really need is absolute silence—no phone calls, no music. In this kind of situation, a new stress-sensing system developed by Ford would shut down the distractions the moment driving becomes tense. » 6/28/12 9:20am 6/28/12 9:20am

Wi-Fi Signals May Be Used To Track Your Movement Inside Your House

Neal Patwari of the University of Utah discovered that breathing affects Wi-Fi signal strength. Chest expansion during a breath bends the wireless signals and they lose some power. This slight drop can be measured and used to calculate your breathing rate. » 9/28/11 2:00am 9/28/11 2:00am

Breathing Heavy And Sweating After An Earthquake May Save Your Life

Earthquake rescues are difficult. Rescuers try to listen for victims, spot them with cameras and use dogs to sniff them out. Someday, they may use metabolite sensors to pick up their stench. » 9/20/11 11:01pm 9/20/11 11:01pm

Amusement Park Rides That Go Faster As You Get More Scared

Roller coasters make you feel like you're living life on the edge! But in reality, they're controlled—every ride is the same. But what if it was different? What if rides would go faster when you got scared? » 5/11/11 12:00am 5/11/11 12:00am

Snoozy the Sloth Is a Creepy Comforting Stuffed Animal That Really…

Parsons student Justin Blinder created the Arduino-based Snoozy the Sloth stuffed animal as "an intimate, yet passive, toy interaction that relaxes and comforts a user." Cuddly, or creepy? » 5/18/09 11:35pm 5/18/09 11:35pm

Thanko Face Mask Cools You With Fan, Ties You to USB Socket

Ever feel the need to wear a face mask? Ever felt hot inside one? Well, Thanko's new fan-cooled mask may be just the ticket, with its USB power. USB? I've only ever worn a face mask when working with chemicals, and I've never strolled around in public wearing one. Both of which, presumably, would be difficult when… » 4/08/08 9:08am 4/08/08 9:08am

The Breath Car

I may not have a musical bone in my body, but I can understand how difficult it is for beginner musicians to train the mouth to handle horn instruments. Matthew Brown is trying to help the beginner musicians train their controlled breathing with the Breath Car. » 7/20/06 1:05pm 7/20/06 1:05pm

Check out the video to see the breath car in action.…