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helium shortage in san diego ca

 
Anonymous Coward
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06/16/2012 09:30 PM
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helium shortage in san diego ca
Does any one know why?
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Re: helium shortage in san diego ca
Mythbusters?

Plus helium is one of the rarest gases on earth.
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Re: helium shortage in san diego ca
Helium is a natural byproduct of the decay of radioactive elements.



In 1996 Congress mandated that the federal government to sell off the gas from its underground reserve by the end of 2014. That's caused all sorts of problems.



The problem is, now we are running out, possibly in eight years, and this ballooning crisis is affecting more than birthday parties and other celebrations. Helium is used in hospital MRI scanners and in flat-screen TVs.



And once it’s out—it’s out.



"Helium, like oil, is created by natural processes, but it’s a very slow process," physicist Gregg Harry said. "So whatever is in the ground now is pretty much all that's available."

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