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Old 08-26-2010, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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A US law means supplies of the gas – a vital component of MRI scanners – are vanishing fast.

It is the second-lightest element in the Universe, has the lowest boiling-point of any gas and is commonly used through the world to inflate party balloons.

Why the world is running out of helium - Science, News - The Independent
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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Yet another reason why we need hydrogen fusion.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:32 AM
 
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Incredible stupidity selling this off.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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More proof that those we elect to run our country are morons.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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I agree hydrogen fusion would be beneficial. Lunar mining is also another reason why we should be thinking about heading back to the Moon. About 100 million tons of lunar regolith to obtain one ton of helium-3.

SPACE.com -- Researchers and space enthusiasts see helium-3 as the perfect fuel source. (http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/helium3_000630.html - broken link)

Helium-3 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mining The Moon - Popular Mechanics
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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A US law means supplies of the gas – a vital component of MRI scanners – are vanishing fast.

It is the second-lightest element in the Universe, has the lowest boiling-point of any gas and is commonly used through the world to inflate party balloons.

Why the world is running out of helium - Science, News - The Independent
Interesting stuff, thanks. I have a stock that has a detector for inflammation.
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Given the urgency maybe we should do without those stupid balloons... I wonder what percentage of all Helium consumed they amount to
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