Scientists Just Created Crystals That Make Breathing Underwater A Possibility


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Danish scientists are a step closer to helping those suffering from respiratory ailments thanks to a revolutionary new absorption crystal. Working out of the University of Southern Denmark the group has uncovered crystalline materials that are capable of pulling oxygen out of both air and water -which could eventually mark the end of the need to carry around large air tanks.

The revolutionary crystalline material can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations, then control its release time depending on what the user needs. This new discovery could even benefit deep sea divers, giving them superhero-like abilities to stay submerged for extended periods of time without an air tank.

The standard human body can function with only 12% oxygen in the air around us, but what if we needed it in higher concentrations?

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The crystalline material changes color when absorbing or releasing oxygen.

his was the main subject of the study conducted at the University of Southern Denmark, with help from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Professor Christine McKenzie was the one who led the study, alongside Jonas Sundberg, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark.

The study involved about a bucket full (10 liters) of microscopic grains, and found them to be enough to completely suck the oxygen out of a room. Professor Christine McKenzie said:

“In the lab, we saw how this material took up oxygen from the air around us.”

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