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Helium shortage.

 
Anonymous Coward
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08/17/2012 06:33 PM
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Helium shortage.
Went to buy helium balloons today.Nobody had any helium.Whats going on?Is this a sign of the latter days?Worldwide helium depletion?
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Re: Helium shortage.
Went to buy helium balloons today.Nobody had any helium.Whats going on?Is this a sign of the latter days?Worldwide helium depletion?
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Thread: Did you know we are having a Global HELIUM shortage? WTF?
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Re: Helium shortage.
I should use search before I speak.
All the answers are here.
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Re: Helium shortage.
Went to buy helium balloons today.Nobody had any helium.Whats going on?Is this a sign of the latter days?Worldwide helium depletion?
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Yes. The congress has had hearings on the Federal Helium Reserve and how the non-renewable resource is being depleted.


[link to www.washingtonpost.com]
At the current rate of usage, "the world would run out in 25 years, plus or minus five years," Robert Richardson, a Cornell University physicist who won a Nobel Prize in 1996 for his work with superfluid helium, told a gathering of Nobel laureates in August.

This is troubling news for anyone who uses helium, and that's not just stores selling party balloons.

Anyone getting an MRI depends on helium, whose extremely stable, supercooling properties maintain the scanning machines' superconductive magnets. MRI machines account for more than a quarter of the helium used in the United States; it is also widely used in welding and provides the inert atmosphere necessary to manufacture optical fibers and liquid crystal display (LCD) screens.

Helium is used to pressurize and purge the fuel tanks in NASA's rockets. It prevents the particle accelerators at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois and the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, from overheating.

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