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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Egypt hopes to build the world’s first underwater museum in Alexandria

November 5, 2015 by  
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The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt has been working towards the creation of an undersea museum around ancient ruins submerged in the Bay of Alexandria. The plan began in 1998 and has run into a variety of obstacles, but project developers hope to move forward soon. With an architect on board and the people of Egypt hopeful to see the museum built, the project could be close to making tangible progress. The site might become the world’s first underwater museum, if the planners can overcome numerous project delays. Read the rest of Egypt hopes to build the world’s first underwater museum in Alexandria

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Underwater “Stonehenge” discovered near Sicily is over 10,000-years-old

August 7, 2015 by  
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Off the coast of Sicily, researchers have discovered a giant stone monolith submerged in a shallow channel. A report published in Science Direct suggests the man-made object was created by an ancient civilization for a purpose likely akin to that of Stonehenge, which the monolith resembles. Researchers estimate the monument’s age at over 10,000 years, and believe its existence confirms “significant Mesolithic human activity in the Sicilian Channel region.” Read the rest of Underwater “Stonehenge” discovered near Sicily is over 10,000-years-old

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Turkey Unveils the World’s First Intercontinental Underwater Rail Tunnel

January 31, 2015 by  
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The ambitious idea to link Europe and Asia via a sea tunnel was first conceived in 1860 by a sultan of the Ottoman Empire, but Abdoul Medjid lacked the technology and funds to turn the idea into reality. In 2004, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, who was then mayor of Istanbul, revived the plan along with other excessive ideas such as a third airport, a parallel canal and a third bridge. These ambitious projects, which locals blame for the destruction of green spaces and the loss of homes, helped to fuel mass anti-government protests across the country earlier this year. Read the rest of Turkey Unveils the World’s First Intercontinental Underwater Rail Tunnel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Abdoul Medjid , anti-government riots in Istanbul , Bosphorus Strait , Erdogan angers locals , First Intercontinental Sea Tunnel , major archaeological discoveries , Ottoman Empire , Sea Tunnel Links Europe and Asia , Sea Tunnel will relieve Istanbul’s congestion

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Tiny Off-Grid Le Tronc Creux Shelters Blend into Bordeaux’s Forests Like Old Tree Trunks

January 31, 2015 by  
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Watch Explosive Underwater Shockwaves INSTANTLY Turn Vegetables Into Juice

September 4, 2014 by  
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Move over Breville – making great juice just got a whole lot more exciting. Japanese food company Kagome has found a way to transform fruits and vegetables into juice using explosive underwater shockwaves! In a stunt video (which contains plenty of questionable science), Kagome shows a tomato being liquified on the inside while the outside remains intact – all it takes to savor the juice is piercing the skin with a straw! Read the rest of Watch Explosive Underwater Shockwaves INSTANTLY Turn Vegetables Into Juice Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fruit , juice , juicer , Juicing , kagome , shockwaves , tomato , underwater , vegetable

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Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

November 7, 2013 by  
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Kite photo from Shutterstock How can we generate more power from renewable sources without using massive plots of land for solar and wind farms? Go fly a kite . According to David Olinger , an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), tethered underwater kites could be used to generate large amounts of electricity by harnessing the power of ocean waves and currents. Olinger recently received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop this technology, and work is scheduled to begin in January. Read the rest of Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , current energy , energy harvesting , kite , kites , ocean , ocean energy , renewable energy , Technology , underwater kites , wave energy        

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Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere 2 Houses 100 People Under the Sea

October 28, 2013 by  
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Dos Toros’ Leo and Oliver Kremer Explain Why Businesses Need to Put Values Before Growth and Expand at Their Own Pace

October 28, 2013 by  
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It’s a known statistic that more than 90% of restaurants fail within their first year of operation. But what is it about the other 10% that keeps them afloat? As Leo and Oliver Kremer, the founders of NYC’s  Dos Toros  will tell you, it’s not only about providing a delicious product, but it’s about making the most of what you have and keeping true to your vision. Dos Toros first opened in 2009, and, by chance, received a review by the New York Times  that brought them a flurry of new customers and critical acclaim. Just a few months after that, their customer base had grown so rapidly that they started to think about opening a second location. But it wasn’t as easy as just scouting a new spot. Leo and Oliver knew that by opening a new location, they’d also be putting half of their brand at risk.  “The risks of growing too quickly are greater than the risks of growing too slowly,” says Leo. “If you grow too quickly, the whole thing will die.”  The duo decided that they would only expand as fast as they could do it well, and this meant keeping their core values close and making sure that these ideals were apparent in each and every new store they would open. With this smart and admirable business plan, today the Kremer brothers count three locations in Manhattan and one restaurant in Brooklyn. So, their best piece of advice for small business entrepreneurs? Expand at your own pace. Read the rest of Dos Toros’ Leo and Oliver Kremer Explain Why Businesses Need to Put Values Before Growth and Expand at Their Own Pace Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american express , American Express Open Forum , amex , Amex Open Forum , business tips , dos toros , dos toros business story , dos toros mexican , dos toros restaurant , eco entrepreneur , leo kremer , local business , NYC , open forum , sharing advice , small business plan , small business tips , startup tips        

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Scientists to Use Google’s Underwater Street View to Better Understand Coral Reefs

August 20, 2013 by  
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The beauty of Google Street View is that it can instantly transport you to faraway places, giving you an on-the-ground perspective. Scientists in Australia have partnered with Google to produce stunning 360-degree panoramas of some of the world’s most impressive coral reefs . As part of the  Catlin Seaview Survey , those scientists are now studying the underwater images to gain a better understanding of how climate change is affecting sensitive reef ecosystems. Read the rest of Scientists to Use Google’s Underwater Street View to Better Understand Coral Reefs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catlin seaview survey , coral , coral reef , Google , Google Street View , Great Barrier Reef , ove hoegh-guldberg , Street View , streetview , Underwater Street View , University of Queensland        

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