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Helium - Too Precious for Balloons

By Nathan Grills on 18 April 2012 - 6:26pm

The element, helium is commonly used in balloons to allow them to float. These balloons are then used at parties, memorials and other events. In addition to its well known uses, helium is used in a number of very important capacities. Unfortunately, the world’s reserve of helium is fast depleting and most experts are predicting that we will run out of the element within the next 25 to 40 years.   

When helium is used in a balloon, the balloon will pop, and the helium will float up, never to return. Eventually it will go all the way into outer space, where ironically, it is the 2nd most common element!

Today, helium is extremely important within the healthcare system. Helium is essential in the operation of MRI machinery. If we run out of helium, we run out of MRI’s. MRI’s can be used to determine whether someone has a tumour in a non-invasive way. By detecting tumours early, MRI’s significantly increase the patient’s chance of survival.

MRI’s are a vital aspect of our healthcare system. It is not fair to prevent future generations (or my generation in a few decades!) from using them simply because we would like some floating balloons at our party or event.


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