Category Archives: Helium application

There Is A World-Wide Shortage Of Helium

The world risks running out of helium, which would have enormous impacts on medical imaging and scientific research. Pixabay Go into your neighborhood party store for some helium filled balloons, and there’s a good chance they’ll be out of helium. … Continue reading

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Battle Of The Elements: Helium’s Crucial Role In Physics

Which is your favourite chemical element? To mark the International Year of the Periodic Table, our science journalists will be arguing for their pick from the 118 known elements. In this instalment, Michael Banks highlights how helium leads to great … Continue reading

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Humanity Is Thoughtlessly Wasting An Essential, Non-Renewable Resource: Helium

The most common use of helium in the world is to fill single-use balloons with it, as demonstrated by the vendors shown here in Warsaw, Poland. There is a global helium shortage, and every single act of wastefulness such as … Continue reading

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Quantum Computing Is Facing A Component Shortage… Without A Nuclear Arms Race

If you thought the great GPU shortage of 2017/18 was bad, try being a quantum researcher. Shortages of specialised quantum hardware and ex-military nuclear material could stifle further development in the field. With growing applications for qubit’s entangled state, exotic … Continue reading

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Calculating Quantum Computing’s Future

In 1982, Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard Feynman conceived of an ultrapowerful calculator that relies on microscopic particles to operate. He called his idea a “quantum” computer, referring to the laws that govern nature at a subatomic level. Today, some of … Continue reading

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