It is 2017 and we still can’t breathe underwater. What’s going on? I really want to breathe submerged in water.
Well progress is being made. There is something in progress that could conceivably carry out the mission. A few years ago a group at Boston Children’s Hospital created a micro-particle loaded with oxygen that you can infuse into somebody’s circulatory system. These particles are these little layers of fat that hold four times more oxygen than our red platelets. The particles can keep a patient alive for 30 minutes after respiratory failure.
These infusions could be utilized by swimmers and divers as well: infuse, hold breathe and you are a little mermaid. Rescue divers could take the infusion themselves or convey one to use on individuals trapped or suffocating under water, yet in the case that you’re really stuck on the idea of breathing water as am I, well, there’s no advance on that front, yet there has been research into breathable liquids.
The movie “The abyss” made by James Cameron is one of my top choices and it is about these undersea researchers that inhale liquid rather than air and when they illustrate it, they drop a mouse into this fluid and make him breath. That mouse was really breathing fluid that was genuine and not some special effects.
Per-fluorinated hydrocarbons are mostly used in breathable liquid experiments. These are fluids that can dissolve both carbon dioxide and oxygen, they’re twice as thick as water and can really hold more oxygen than air and obviously it’s easier to breathe the gas than it is for our lungs to move liquid around.
Consider how you feel when you’re bedridden and your lungs are congested, it’s difficult to push that stuff out. You can most likely just breathe this fluid for a few minutes, since you shouldn’t breathe liquid. So why do we experiment with it, well, a considerable amount of lung and respiratory issues can be helped by these oxygenated fluids, if someone had respiratory failure because they breathed too much smoke or their lungs are loaded with toxins, the fluid could be utilized to flush the contaminants out of them, while giving oxygen as they require.
Premature children are given breathable fluids frequently, because of the fact that their lungs are immature and can still be used to breathe the fluids they do in the womb.
In case we’re searching for physically safe methods of staying underwater, it would seem that those micro-particle infusions are the approach, in spite of the fact that they are still being tested. All I need is to live underwater, is that so hard science?