Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I’m Flying High Like A Party Balloon by Amasing | Cognitive Drift

I'm Flying High Like A Party Balloon
by Amasing | Cognitive Drift

Have you ever took the helium out of a party balloon and sucked it down?  You would sound like the old cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks.

What you might not know is that helium (He) is in short supply.  Even though it’s the second most abundant element in the universe, it is in short supply on our planet.

Helium is not just for those party balloons.  It’s essential to things like spacecraft, MRI scanners, and nuclear energy.

Just recently, there was a discovery of helium in East Africa.  The discovery of a huge helium gas field in East Africa is a "game changer for the future security of society's helium needs" amid a global shortage, researchers in Britain said Tuesday.  

Researchers found that the intense volcanic heat in Tanzania's East African Rift Valley has released helium from ancient rocks and trapped it in shallow gas fields, the statement said. The researchers worked with Norway-based exploration company Helium One.

Oxford researcher Pete Barry said in the statement.  "It may not look like much, but it helped find enough helium for 1.2 million medical MRI scanners.”

So the next time you’re having a party, maybe skip the balloons and just bring the flowers, hats, cups, and napkins.  Save the helium for the important things in this world.

The only balloons I’ve sucked up was nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

“Nitrous oxide…balloony loon, balloon B, balloony loon, balloon B” - L.A. Style

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