Monthly Archives: July 2017

Qatar Crisis Spells Big Trouble For Asia

Asian countries depend on Qatar as a resource supplier and labor destination. A crisis over the fate of the government of Qatar and the West Asian peninsula it rules is already having an impact across Asia. The crisis has had … Continue reading

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Qatar Discontinues Helium Production Amid Gulf Row

Qatar, which currently supplies 25 percent of the global demand for helium as the world’s second largest producer of the element, has been forced to stop production due to regional disputes and the economic boycott imposed by Saudi Arabia and … Continue reading

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Helium Ions Image Bacteria-attacking Virus

False colour helium ion image – bacteriophages (green) attack E. coli bacteria (blue) on agar substrate (brown). (Courtesy: M Leppänen et al. / University of Jyväskylä) Helium ions have been used to image viruses attacking bacteria. These bacteriophages viruses represent … Continue reading

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Qatar Helium Production Back On-stream; Supply Logistics Still A Challenge

While some sources report that production is at full capacity, others speculate that it will take some time to create the steady flow of empty helium containers that would be required to run the Qatari plants at their full capacity. … Continue reading

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The Helium Shutoff — A Side Effect Of The Qatar Confrontation

The recent diplomatic dustup between Qatar and many other Gulf nations caused some nervousness for some of the world’s most cutting edge scientists. Among recalled ambassadors, closed borders and massive disruptions on travel and shipping, the diplomatic crisis highlighted the … Continue reading

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