A crystal that enables you to breathe underwater without the need for oxygen tanks has been invented

Say goodbye to bulky oxygen tanks and selfie-unfriendly face masks when you dive – one day soon. With the creation of the Aquaman Crystal, you can get your oxygen supply underwater as it filters and concentrates oxygen from the surrounding air or water. I could tell you its proper name, except I don’t know how : [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O.

A few grains is enough to provide oxygen for one breath, and just 11 litres of them can absorb all the oxygen of an entire room. As the crystal absorbs oxygen from the water around the diver and supplies the diver with it, the diver will only need to carry a few grains during each dive.

The crystal is sponge-like and uses cobalt bound in an organic molecule. It is able to absorb oxygen from air or water, because cobalt gives it the precise molecular and electronic  structural combination that enables it to absorb oxygen from its surroundings.

Note: You can’t grab a crystal right now and breathe with it underwater, forever. The crystal compound that could one day lead to this kind of world has been synthesised by scientists in Denmark. It’s not right to say: the technology is currently available, which isn’t what we’re claiming.

Via The Independent