You Can Help Lovely Dolphins and Sharks Just by Swimming in the Sea

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

We're gutted that this is happening on the wrong side of June, but a bunch of engineers have unveiled a special material capable of soaking up pollutants from water. Built into a bikini called the Sponge Suit (there are other designs in the works too), electrical engineering professors Mihri and Cengiz Ozkan say their creation can be used to purify water, as it absorbs oil, chemicals and salt.

The sponge material itself is light, flexible, highly porous and hydrophobic, and is capable of sucking in up to 25 times its own weight in pollutants. Better still, it should be relatively cheap to produce.

This essentially means that you could do your bit for Mother Nature while swimming around in the sea. We know what a lot of people also like to get up to when frolicking in the shallows and, thanks to its incredible properties, the Sponge Suit should presumably make you feel less bad about having a leak while you're there (even though weeing in the sea is apparently harmless). We're not sure what your padded bits might smell like when you channel your inner James Bond/Halle Berry and return to dry land, though. [CNET]