Saturday, April 7, 2012

Party Time!

Helium Shortage Leaves Scientists In No Mood To Celebrate

Of course neutron scattering, NMR spectroscopy and MRI imaging are no fun.
Boring medical scans never put a smile on anyone's face, did they?

Party balloons are what put people in the right mood.

All those lovely balloons that just go up, up, up and away?
They're filled with helium, of course.
But because in 1996 Congress vowed to sell off the U.S.'s large helium stockpile by 2015, the price of helium has been kept artificially low even as the demand for the gas has soared, and many a party balloon has been perked up as a result.

And now there's hardly any helium left.
So we'll have to stop detecting neutrons, cooling samples down, doing MRI scans, determining molecular structures etc.

All the more time to spend having parties, don't you think?

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