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A professor from the University of South Florida, Joseph Dituri plans to set a new world record by living under water for 100 days as part of a scientific research. Added to this adventure, he also hopes to become superhuman.
The aim of this unusual feat is to study how the human body responds to long-term exposure to extreme pressure.
The 55-year-old Professor, will be staying in a 100-square-foot habitat 30 feet below the sea at Jules’ Undersea Lodge near Key Largo, Florida. While below the surface, Professor Dituri will continue teaching his biomedical engineering class online while a medical team documents his health by routinely diving to his habitat to run tests. Before, during, and after the project, the Professor will undergo psychosocial, phycological, and medical tests that include blood panels, ultrasounds, electrocardiograms, and stem cell tests.
In a news release online, the Professor said, “The human body has never been underwater that long, so I will be monitored closely. This study will examine every way this journey impacts my body, but my null hypotheses is that there will be Improvements to my health due to the increased pressure.”
Professor Dituri, who also served as a saturation diving officer in the U.S. Navy for 28 years, believes that an earlier study—which showed cells exposed to increased pressure doubled within five days—suggests that he can increase his longevity and prevent aging-related diseases by living in a pressurized environment.
If he succeeds in his mission, Professor Dituri will also set a new world record for living underwater, breaking the 73-day mark set by two professors from Tennessee in 2014.
“Everything we need to survive is here on the planet. I suspect the cure to many diseases can be found in undiscovered organisms in the ocean. To find out, we need more researchers.”