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Fri May 10, 2019, 11:23 PM

Not Just Balloons. Helium Shortage May Deflate MRIs, Airbags And Research

EDWARD C. BAIG, CHARISSE JONES | USA TODAY

A global helium shortage could burst the bubble for all the businesses that rely on the gas to lift weather balloons, large blimps, and, yes, the balloons at your kid’s birthday bash that make your voice sound like a chipmunk.

But the shortage is potentially deflating for a whole range of other purposes.

Helium is used in deep sea diving, airbags, cryogenics, rocket fuel, MRI machines and in areas of tech that include fiber optics and semiconductors.

“The shortage of helium which is present now and which we can anticipate will increase will affect, broadly, everybody,” says Northwestern physics professor William Halperin.

Washington University chemistry professor Sophia Hayes agrees. “There are so many uses beyond party balloons,” she says.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/05/10/helium-shortage-could-deflate-mris-manufacturing-and-research/1169464001/

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RCW2014 May 10 OP
Nephrite May 10 #1
RCW2014 May 10 #2
Grumpy Pickle May 11 #3
Kelley May 11 #4
oflguy May 11 #5
Squeek May 11 #6

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 11:31 PM

1. Darn shame we didn't set up helium reserves for nationality security

like in Texas or somewhere....LOL

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Response to Nephrite (Reply #1)

Fri May 10, 2019, 11:35 PM

2. Actually Russia is going to provide the world with lots of helium in a year or so as they

are building new facilities for just that purpose.

Reagan and Clinton both tried to kill the national helium reserves as not necessary.

Not at tbe foreign desk so my research abilities are lacking at this time. Maybe tomorrow.

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Response to Nephrite (Reply #1)

Sat May 11, 2019, 01:29 AM

3. I had no idea it was something that we could run out of.

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Response to Nephrite (Reply #1)

Sat May 11, 2019, 07:50 AM

4. We use to have a large helium reserve

from the 20s the 50s the United States Navy had the largest helium reserve in the world.
We wouldn't sell the stuff to anyone. That is one reason the German Dirigibles like the Hindenburg used hydrogen. They could not get enough helium for their big airships.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 08:36 AM

5. And...............??

How is this Trump's fault?

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Response to oflguy (Reply #5)

Sat May 11, 2019, 11:42 AM

6. Who

the hell even suggested it was tRump's fault???


Nothing like trying to play the victim card when there's not even a deck of cards to be seen anywhere





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