SmartPhin: a surfboard fin that measures ocean acidification | Photo: BoardFormula

What if surfers could help save the oceans while they catch waves? SmartPhin is a surfboard fin that measures and record data such as location, time, temperature, salinity, and pH.

Benjamin Thompson, founder of BoardFormula, had decided to invest his time and engineering knowledge in the protection of the environment and oceans. But how could he do it while riding waves?

SmartPhin answers that tricky question. Imagine thousands of surfers across the globe gathering and sharing information about their local breaks, and working cooperatively to fight global warming and ocean acidification.

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Breathing underwater: say goodbye to never-ending wave hold-downs | Photo: Creative Commons

Will humans ever be able to breath underwater? Scientists at the University of Southern Denmark believe they've discovered crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations, allowing humans to stay underwater for a long period.

Remember the Aquaman? The DC Comics superhero may jump from the comic books to real life. The ultimate breathing treasure is in the making. It's crystal clear.

"A few grains contain enough oxygen for one breath, and as the material can absorb oxygen from the water around the diver and supply the diver with it, the diver will not need to bring more than these few grains," explains Christine McKenzie, researcher at Danish institution.

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Plastics: a plague in our beaches | Photo: Creative Commons/Rupert Ganzer

Plastics are a plague, but how can we live without them? Learn how surfers can change the world by adopting simple daily practices.

Plastic is everywhere - at home, in the office, in our schools, restaurants and communities. Unfortunately, plastics are also everywhere in our oceans.

"Americans go through about 100 billion plastic bags a year. That's 360 bags for every man, woman and child in the United States. And, less than five percent of these bags are recycled," underlines the Surfrider Foundation.

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