NEW SCUBA SUIT PUTS HUMANITY ONE STEP CLOSER TO AQUAMAN
November 29 2010
St. Louis, MO – Human beings have long held a great deal of fascination with the sea. Whether a result of some dream of conquering the vast unknown of the oceans of the world, or a result of some primordial instinct that hearkens us back to the place from
which we were borne, or something else entirely, the end result is a continuing and undying fascination with water and all the mysteries it holds as it covers the majority of our world.
Of course our conquest of the seas haven’t been nearly as robust or as successful as our conquest of the land. Faced with massive size, massive depth, and our bodies just being unequipped to deal with the environment our success in the oceans has been limited. Sill, we have been able to successfully navigate the waters of the world, dive deep into many areas, and map the entirety of the ocean floor. Despite that success though there are still many mysteries beneath the sea that it could be reasonably concluded we might never fully conquer that land, that is until now. A revolutionary new underwater breathing system developed by a retired Missouri man has now given hope that we may be able to conquer the depths of the sea, and finally achieve our others dreams of becoming superheroes, namely Aquaman.
“The beauty of doing it all from a liquid is that you don’t have to use these highly compressed gasses in the lungs that are going to dissolve into the blood. You have a liquid that you can infuse just as much oxygen as you need. The first trick you would have to learn is overcoming the gag reflex but once that oxygenated liquid is inside your lungs it would feel just like breathing air,” said inventor and former surgeon Arnold Lande. “This technique would allow people to descend to depths in the neighbourhood of 1000 feet or more and be able to come to the surface with no decompression symptoms which would vastly improve our ability to explore the deepest regions of our oceans.”
The world record for a scuba dive is a little over a thousand feet, but the process also involved a 12-hour return to the surface in order to avoid decompression sickness. Lande’s liquid breathing system would virtually eliminate all delays.
“I remember seeing this kind of thing in the movie ‘The Abyss’ a number of years ago. It actually had me fooled into believing it was real and while the technology certainly was, the reality of that kind of implementation was not anywhere that level,” said Scrape TV High Seas analyst Ricardo Fuentes. “Now though that obstacle seems to have been overcome. This suit will really change the way we see and battle the oceans forever. No longer will the seas defeat us, now we can travel them as boldly as we do the deserts and the arctic wastelands on land.”
The lowest elevation in the world is the Mariana Trench in the Pacific which measures a little over 1500 feet deep.
“Obviously this will allow us to travel to depth previously inaccessible, and stay at those depths for much longer periods of time, but it will also allow us to gain unprecedented levels of control over the seas and all the animals that live inside it, much like Aquaman himself,” continued Fuentes. “This technology only allows us to live amongst the fish, not communicate with them but that could be coming. As we start to spread out more and more across the ocean floor inevitably we will develop ways to communicate, domesticate, and even control the animals of the oceans of the world. Aquaman obviously would not be the superhero most people would want to emulate, but I guess we’ll take what we can get.”
DC comics, which publishes the Aquaman comics, has reportedly been working closely with Lande to integrate the technology into the comics.
Anna Phillips, Science Correspondent