Professor Joseph Dituri, who is 55 years old, is conducting research on how the human body reacts to prolonged exposure to high pressure by living underwater for 100 days in an attempt to become “superhuman.”
A 55-year-old college professor and former navy diver is living in a 55 square meter underwater space, nearly 30 feet below the surface, as part of research. Professor Joseph Dituri is studying how the human body responds to long-term exposure to extreme pressure.
The professor is aiming to break a 73-day-long record of living underwater in a single stretch and extend it to 100 days, all while teaching biomedical engineering classes online. The former US Navy diver is living in a 100-square-foot habitat located at Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo in Florida.
The experiment, which began on March 1, has completed over 30 days as a team of psychologists and psychiatrists keep a close watch on Dituri’s health and vital parameters. A medical team is documenting his health by regular dives to run a series of tests during which Dituri has to complete several psychosocial, psychological and medical tests.
“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 hypothesis is that there will be improvements to my health due to the increased pressure,” Dituri said, before diving into his underwater living space.
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