Ingenious hand-pumped Scorkl lets you breathe underwater for 10 minutes

June 19, 2017 by  
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Scuba  diving may seem like too much of a hassle, what with all the equipment, training and money you need to make it happen. A new product – that’s like something straight out of a James Bond movie – called  Scorkl  opens up the underwater world by combining the best of scuba diving with the ease of snorkeling. A hand pump refills the underwater breathing device that’s roughly the size of a water bottle, giving you 10 minutes of uninhibited exploration. The Scorkl is a lightweight device you put to your mouth to breath in air while underwater – no scuba diving certification necessary. The Australia -based company says their cylinder is manufactured to the same standards and specifications as a cylinder you’d use to scuba dive, but it can be refilled with a Scorkl hand pump. The device also comes with a scuba tank refill adapter so it can be refilled from a scuba tank. A pressure gauge on the Scorkl lets users know how much air they have left – they’ll be able to swim freely through the water for around 10 minutes. Related: The Easybreath Snorkel Mask Lets You Breathe Comfortably Through Your Nose Underwater Scorkl is crowdfunding on Kickstarter , and it appears there are a bunch of people out there who are drawn to the freedom offered by the device – the company set their goal at $22,765 but have already raised over $370,000. One Scorkl costs $199 – that’s 33 percent off the retail price. A Scorkl and pump are being offered at a discount price of $398. At this point you’re probably wondering about safety . The company says the Scorkl is safe and can be used by anyone, but untrained divers should be cautious when swimming with it, and shouldn’t go below 9.8 feet in depth or use it more than five times in a single day. Trained divers should be able to go further than 9.8 feet drawing on what they learned during their certification process. The device is accompanied by an information kit warning users and offering tips to avoid pulmonary damage. The company says the Scorkl is designed for shallow diving , and they recommend not using it below 32 feet, even though it technically can go to depths of around 65 feet. You can check out the campaign here . + Scorkl Images via Scorkl Facebook

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Future diving suits may be furry, thanks to the latest MIT research

January 20, 2016 by  
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When looking to perfect a manmade gadget sometimes the best solution is to think outside our own limited creativity and take notes from the most adaptable, problem-solving force out there: nature. Researchers at MIT have developed a way to make scuba diving warmer by studying the addition of small, silicone hairs to wetsuits . Captured by photographer Felice Frankel , the prototype may remind you of the hardy fur found on seals and sea lions – and that is precisely the point. Read the rest of Future diving suits may be furry, thanks to the latest MIT research

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Australian farmer fights erosion with a patchwork of geometric designs

January 20, 2016 by  
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Is it art or is it smart conservation? Sometimes, the answer is both. One farmer in South Australia is fighting back against soil erosion using a patchwork of geometric designs plowed right into his fields. Brian Fischer, who farms 60 km (37 miles) north of Adelaide, came up with a creative and visually stunning way to protect his precious topsoil in the aftermath of recent brush fires . The result is a network of carefully planned swirls that create ridges in the topsoil, and Fischer says it’s working like a charm. Read the rest of Australian farmer fights erosion with a patchwork of geometric designs

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INFOGRAPHIC: How ocean pollution is harming your health

November 19, 2015 by  
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Did you know that 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by marine plants? While the deep blue sea may seem mysterious and even foreign, the oceans are fundamentally tied to our health and livelihoods. But pollution in those waters is threatening global health. Scuba Diving Magazine DIVE has created an infographic that explores the many ways oceans are important to humankind, the various causes of pollution, and how those problems can negatively affect us all. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How ocean pollution is harming your health

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Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

December 26, 2014 by  
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Thanks to British Petroleum (BP) decimating the oceanic habitats in the Gulf of Mexico with the infamous Deepwater Horizon spill , their Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund is now being forced to fork over $1.3 million in grants to Naples, Marco Island, and Collier County, Florida. Teamed with the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Economic Recovery Task Force, these three governments have chosen to spend this money by purchasing and installing “six 500-ton reefs the size of football fields, each with six smaller pyramid-shaped modules 8 to 12 feet high” 12-30 miles offshore. These reefs are meant to provide jobs and revenue, but will the economic prosperities outweigh the overall long-term environmental impacts? Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial reef , artificial reef in Florida , boat pollution , conservation , diving , ecological mess , ecology , economy , economy vs ecosystem , environment vs economy , Fishing , Florida reef , ocean diving , ocean predators , ocean reef , overfishing , Pollution , recycled reef , reef , water pollution

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Hannes Bend’s ‘Eclipse’ Installation Opens Eyes to the Artificial Reef Catastrophe

April 12, 2012 by  
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U-Boat Worx introduces green submarines to go deep water

September 8, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: New line of exploration submarines powered by lithium-ion battery.

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