20 Mar '12, 5pm

Party Balloons are Depleting the World's Helium Supply

Party Balloons are Depleting the World's Helium Supply

Cuttlefish via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 There's a bleak, darkly funny story in the Guardian today about the impending depletion of the world's primary store of helium gas: It turns out that we've squandered what was once a massive stockpile of helium—which is crucial in a wide range of scientific and medical research—on party balloons. That's right, party balloons. The kind that hover near supermarket checkout aisles. The kind that you may have bought once or twice for a child's birthday party. The kind that inevitably deflates into a sad rumpled blob in the corner of your kitchen or prematurely ascends to the heavens when accidentally released in some parking lot. Here's the Guardian: Oleg Kirichek, the leader of a research team at the Isis neutron beam facility at the UK's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, had an unpleasant shock last week. One of his key experiments, designed to...

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