Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and George Mason University in the US developed a simple solution that can triple the survival time for swimmers in wetsuits. Currently conventional wetsuits offer no more than an hour of swim time in icy water, and the experience can be quite painful at best. That's no good if you're a special ops soldier or a member of an undersea maintenance crew and need to stay underwater for hours at a time.
The recent news from MIT engineers suggest that we may soon be diving in “Beaversuits”! The team of researchers has developed a bio-inspired material that can be used to create warmer and more efficient wetsuits for surfers and divers.