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New Mini Scuba Device Allows Divers to ‘Breathe Underwater for 10 Minutes’

An underwater breathing device called Scorkl promises an incredibly carefree scuba diving experience for 10 minutes.

Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform that often highlights new technology developed by start-ups. These small companies need added financial support for developing and manufacturing their products. One of the most talked about creations featured in Kickstarter is Scorkl, which is described as an underwater breathing device. The man behind it is a scuba diving fanatic named David Hallamore, who is based in Australia.

Scorkl’s main selling point is that it functions as a a “mini scuba diving equipment” that’s fuss-free. It promises to make it possible for its user to “breathe underwater for 10 minutes.” Although it is much smaller, the Scorkl cylinder has the same specifications and manufacturing standards as a normal scuba cylinder.

The Scorkl promises "carefree scuba diving."

The makers of Scorkl say that the underwater breathing device is safe and user-friendly. However, they advise those who are not trained scuba divers to be aware of the risks and restrictions when it comes to using their product.

In fact, IFLScience writer Chris Jones noted:

“Diving can be dangerous, and we feel it necessary to say that this apparatus is only designed for use in shallow water.”

Price: $200 for the device and $200 for the pump used for air refills.

If Scorkl users go too deep into the water, they get decompression sickness, which is more commonly known as “the bends.”

A closer look at the new underwater breathing device.

Moreover, the Scorkl creators emphasized:

“Non-scuba trained users should not use the Scorkl below a three-meter depth (around 9.8 feet). Staying above three meters dramatically reduces the risk of pulmonary damage (although does not eliminate it entirely).”

Be warned: It's not recommended for beginners.

There’s also an additional precaution: Scorkl users also should not go underwater for more than five times each day. Otherwise, they may experience some side effects.

Scorkl isn’t widely distributed yet, but a lot of netizens have expressed excitement over it. However, there are also those who say that the idea is really “nothing new.”

Scorkl's promotional photos make it look so easy.

A netizen named Edward Wilson said,

“That’s a standard emergency tank most divers carry as a back up in case they have a problem with their main gear. They’ve been around for years.”

Scorkl will attract those who want to amp up their selfie game.

Echoing Edward’s concern, netizen Robin Larder said,

“Meanwhile, Unless they are marketed and sold for the purposes of emergency air only – like the ones that have been around 30 years or so. Treating these as a stand alone diving product is irresponsible. I fully expect the company to get sued at some point.”

Check out the Scorkl in action.

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Then again, Edward and Robin’s concerns haven’t really gained traction. People are more excited about going underwater in he most carefree manner.

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Teen Girls Invent Solar-Powered Tent for Homeless People

The girls, who didn’t have any training in engineering, mostly relied on YouTube and Google searches to complete the project.

A group of girls from the San Fernando High School just came up with a great invention for the homeless people in Los Angeles. The students created a solar-powered tent that can be rolled into a backpack and now they’re getting a lot of attention and recognition from it.

According to a report by BoredPanda, the teens were recruited by non-profit organization DIY Girls. Evelyn Gomez, DIY Girls executive director, oversaw and assisted in the girls’ project. The nonprofit aims to teach girls from low-income communities to learn engineering, math, and science.

Girl students from the San Fernando High School invented a solar-powered tent for homeless people.

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This Seven-Story Wooden Building Can Survive A 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake

Very interesting! We need more of these buildings nowadays…

Earthquakes are scary mostly because of the potential death and destruction it can bring. While it sure helps to be prepared, another factor that can be a big benefit for all of us is to have earthquake-resistant structures.

Yes, it is possible to have sturdy structures that can withstand strong shakes as can be seen in the video below. Apparently, Simpson Strong-Tie and the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulations (NEES) worked together to test out a seven-story wooden building that turned out to be earthquake-proof.

This seven-story wooden structure was built to be tested if it can withstand a strong earthquake.

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This Video Shows ‘Evidence’ Why Some People Believe The Earth Is Flat

Ridiculous or convincing? Judge for yourself!

Honestly, I’m not sure what’s more ridiculous about Flat Earthers – the fact that they are blatantly ignoring science, history, and basic common sense, or the fact that they go out of their way to insist and slap their supposed ‘beliefs’ on everyone’s faces.

Don’t believe me? Well you can go and check for yourself. Just go to Google and type “flat earth” or “flat earth proofs” and you’d be bombarded with so many ‘evidences’ that the planet is flat indeed. Or enter the same keywords on YouTube and, surprise, you’d be amazed at the lengths some Flat Earthers go just to convince others.

And they’re pretty relentless at it. They show evidences, they get shut down, and yet they still continue on their crusade, not caring what everyone thinks about them. In fact, the latest trend among Flat Earthers, according to IFLScience, is that they’re actually electrifying potatoes to prove that the Moon is fake. Geez!...

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