Category Archives: Helium shortage

Helium: What Should Canada Do?

A global helium shortage has created a crisis for scientists across Canada. Chemists and other researchers depend on this unique element to cool superconducting magnets to 4.2K for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments and certain low-temperature studies. However, helium supplies … Continue reading

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Helium Shortage Leads World to Reconsider Applications, Procedures for Efficient Use

The global market is facing its third shortage of helium. Beginning in the spring of 2018, a series of planned and unplanned outages affected global access to supply. While many may immediately think this means party balloons are at the … Continue reading

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BASF and Linde Plan To Bolster Helium Supplies

A process for separation from natural gas could augment output of the essential element Linde and BASF are launching a process to get helium out of natural gas destined for pipeline distribution. The technology could boost output of the element, … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson Blimp Grounded by Sky-High Helium Prices

The ‘Trump Baby’ blimp is inflated in Parliament Square in London, U.K., 2018 Event planners are feeling the pinch of the rising price of the invisible gas behind floating balloons. The situation is even affecting the organizers of March for … Continue reading

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Nothing on Earth Can Replace Helium — and It’s in Peril

Liquid helium has helped build billion-dollar industries and generate multiple Nobel Prizes. Now our supply is running low. Liquid helium is a quiet engine of American research and business. It is essential to a broad range of technologies, from cutting-edge … Continue reading

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