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Old 06-02-2007, 06:41 AM   #7
Skylar Cook
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Nah, won't happen... The only animals that truly respire solely through their skin/outer layer of cells are extremely small, e.g. annelids (earthworms and such) and smaller; lots of them are also water-dwelling. All (most) other animals have specialized respiratory organs/systems (yes, even insects- the trachea Craig mentioned). "Oxygen supersaturated paste" is not going to happen- firstly because gas solubility in liquid is virtually zero under atmospheric pressure, and even if it were kept under pressure, as soon as you opened the container the gas would bubble out of the mixture (maybe a fraction of a second that it would actually be supersaturated); and secondly, because you wouldn't absorb much oxygen through your skin. Now if you were in a hyperbaric chamber with that same paste...

But yeah, it'd be cool if it worked.
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