Monthly Archives: January 2013

Helium Shortage Looming

Hard drives filled with helium, rather than air, could see closer stacking of disk platters, better heat management and less energy consumed. A demonstration by manufacturer Western Digital is said to have shown power consumption reduced by 23% and an … Continue reading

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Price of Helium Soars

Prices for buying helium to fill balloons and rental tanks have dramatically increased in the past year, because of a worldwide shortage of the lighter-than-air gas.¬†Florists and balloon sellers nationwide are finding it harder to do business because the supply … Continue reading

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Japan And Russia To Enter Into Joint Helium-production Project

A joint helium-production project is set to come into fruition between Japan and Russia, where the Japanese government will fund trading companies and firms that will take part in the project at the Chayanda natural gas fields in Sakha Republic, … Continue reading

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There Goes The Helium Balloon

The helium balloon, it turns out, makes a rather striking symbol of our attitude to the earth’s finite resources. In the movie Up, an old man ties thousands of balloons to his house and floats away in search of the … Continue reading

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Ballooning Problem: The Great Helium Shortage

IT is the lighter-than-air gas that makes a party balloon float up to the ceiling, but a shortage of the element is threatening to disrupt critical research projects. In 1996 the US government decided to start selling off its national … Continue reading

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