The Navy once tried using nuclear-powered wetsuits to keep divers warm

By Sarah Zhang on Factually, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo

The Navy once tried using nuclear-powered wetsuits to keep divers warm

The ocean is an inhospitable place for soft, land-based human bodies. It’s dark, oxygenless, and, perhaps most intractable of all, really cold. At the pressure of certain depths, neoprene suits will compress and lose their insulating power. The air in tanks also gets cold, so divers become chillier with each breath. But in the 60s, the Navy thought …

…read more



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *