Scientists Have Created Crystals That Make Breathing Underwater a Reality

A group of scientists at the University of Southern Denmark, have made the dream a reality. They have developed what they're calling a "crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations."

"A few grains contain enough oxygen for one breath, and as the material can absorb oxygen from the water around the diver and supply the diver with it, the diver will not need to bring more than these few grains," professor Christine McKenzie said in a release. "When the substance is saturated with oxygen, it can be compared to an oxygen tank containing pure oxygen under pressure the difference is that this material can hold three times as much oxygen."

Besides just allowing divers more time underwater, the "Aquaman Crystals" are a big break through for patients who need to carry around oxygen tanks to sustain regular breathing levels. McKenzie said " very little of the crystals are necessary to hold a lot of oxygen"