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2013-10-01 03:32:22 PM  
5 votes:
How noble of them.
2013-10-01 02:52:18 PM  
2 votes:
Have you ever shutdown the government...  on weed?
2013-10-02 02:05:15 PM  
1 votes:

blue_2501: Yeah, I fail to understand how an element with a periodic number of 2 is supposed to be "scarce".  Remember kids: the larger the number, the rarer the element is in the universe (and in most cases, the planet).  H and He are the two most abundant elements in the universe, by far.  The rest are peanuts compared to those two.


Most of the universe is expensive to get to.  We're more or less stuck with the helium under the ground.

The problem with that is that helium diffuses more readily than any gas, is much lighter than air, and is very challenging to purify away from other gases.  If helium gas finds a way to the atmosphere, it's lost for all practical purposes.  The only real reason we have significant amounts now is that it's generated by radioactive decay, and we have a lot of thorium and uranium lying around underground.

Two protons, two neutrons, and two electrons?  Hell, why can't we just make that from hydrogen?  (Well, okay, you need to get the neutrons from somewhere...)

www.osti.gov
That particular reaction takes a lot of energy to get started, and releases some excess heat.
2013-10-01 09:41:05 PM  
1 votes:
images4.wikia.nocookie.net
2013-10-01 08:58:43 PM  
1 votes:

Mentalpatient87: DarthBart: Can't we just 3D print some new helium?

Sure, we have tons of ageless atoms on hand.


Actually, that's the point: you want the non-ageless atoms, like uranium-238.
2013-10-01 07:18:10 PM  
1 votes:
i.chzbgr.com
2013-10-01 05:06:41 PM  
1 votes:
J. Frank Parnell:
The helium barons creating artificial scarcity are probably already zeroing in on your position. RUN, MAN!, RUN!

Their blimps are fighting a headwind. I can walk.
2013-10-01 04:59:58 PM  
1 votes:
M-O-O-N

That spells helium-3.
2013-10-01 04:20:30 PM  
1 votes:

Snapper Carr: Hopefully no one was smoking.

[i.imgur.com image 599x338]


You obviously don't understand the core concept.
2013-10-01 04:15:38 PM  
1 votes:
Heliummmmm!

i1.ytimg.com
2013-10-01 03:54:12 PM  
1 votes:
Hopefully no one was smoking.

i.imgur.com
2013-10-01 03:18:53 PM  
1 votes:
to allow the helium to continue to flow

the helium must flow
2013-10-01 03:11:29 PM  
1 votes:
I guess that one squeaked by.
2013-10-01 03:10:04 PM  
1 votes:
Holy nuts, remember Strinberg and Helium?  I just had a flashback and had to look it up.  Found it:
http://www.strindbergandhelium.com/

heeeeeliuuuuuuum!

/good times.
 
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