Of all the places you might think of to catch a deep breath, underwater is probably not one of them. However, recent news reports say that scientists at the University of Southern Denmark have created crystals that may allow people to breath underwater. The scientists have said that they developed “crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations.”
Just a couple “crystal” grains have enough oxygen for a whole breath and it can absorb oxygen from the water around you so you can breathe it in. The so-called “Aquaman Crystal” is like an oxygen tank, but small, light crystals that last a lot longer. Think of them as small sponges that suck up oxygen instead of water.
Although the technology is surprising and exciting, this development is only the beginning of using this science to dive under water. For one, people drink a combination of gases, the majority of which is oxygen. Also, these crystals don’t account for the drastic pressure changes as divers go deeper. In addition to being of interest to divers, this technology can make a world of a difference to asthmatics, lung cancer patients, and others who will benefit from having a pocket full of oxygen in the form of crystals instead of an oxygen tank.