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Helium shortage and escalating price, 135%, is threatening high field MRI scanners bathed in liquid helium

July 12, 2019

Despite being the second most common element in the universe helium has an annoying habit of escaping into…
Cryogenics equipment maker licenses ORNL auto-fill method for more efficient liquid helium use

May 15, 2019

Advanced Research Systems, Inc., has licensed a technology designed to automatically refill liquid helium used in laboratory equipment…
Image of planetary nebula NGC 7027 with illustration of helium hydride molecules. In this planetary nebula, SOFIA detected helium hydride, a combination of helium (red) and hydrogen (blue), which was the first type of molecule to ever form in the early universe. This is the first time helium hydride has been found in the modern universe. Credits: NASA/ESA/Hubble Processing: Judy Schmidt
The Universe’s First Type of Molecule Is Found at Last

April 19, 2019

The first type of molecule that ever formed in the universe has been detected in space for the…
The Most Ancient Molecule in the Universe Observed for the First Time

April 18, 2019

For a long time now, scientists have considered helium hydride to represent the first-ever molecular bond and chemical…
The new research shows the benefits of ventilating horses undergoing surgery with a mixture of helium and oxygen. Image credity: Klaus Hopster, University of Pennsylvania
Ventilating with mixture of helium and oxygen improves outcomes for horses in surgery

October 3, 2018

A horse in general surgery is an awkward sight. For the best access, the animals may be placed…
The world’s isotopically purest helium is at Lancaster

August 2, 2018

A Lancaster University spin off company is the only commercial supplier in the world for isotopically pure helium.…
Helium detected in Exoplanet atmosphere for the first time

May 3, 2018

Astronomers have detected helium in the atmosphere of a planet that orbits a star far beyond our solar…
Secrets of superfluid helium explored

July 10, 2017

When Cornell physicists Robert Richardson, David Lee and Douglas Osheroff received the 1996 Nobel Prize for their discovery…
Drawn from the Deep

February 7, 2017

The Earth’s mantle — the layer between the crust and the outer core — is home to a…
Groundwater helium level could signal potential risk of earthquake

November 30, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and their collaborators have revealed a relationship between helium levels in groundwater…
Astronomers observe star reborn in a flash

September 14, 2016

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has been able to study stellar evolution in…
First plasma generated in the Wendelstein 7-X

December 13, 2015

The plasma researchers’ efforts and patience have paid off. On December 10th, 2015 a good ten years after…
Controlling ITER with fuelers, ticklers, and terminators

September 9, 2015

When it’s up and running, the ITER fusion reactor will be very big and very hot, with more…
Helium anomaly preceded Mount Ontake eruption

August 24, 2015

University of Tokyo researchers discovered an increase in a helium isotope during a ten-year period before the 2014…
Helium ‘balloons’ offer new path to control complex materials

July 1, 2015

Inserting helium atoms (visualized as a red balloon) into a crystalline film (gold) allowed Oak Ridge National Laboratory…
A Deep, Dark Mystery

June 30, 2015

UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles has found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth’s mantle along a…
Opening a window on quantum gravity

March 23, 2015

Yale University has received a grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to fund experiments that researchers hope…
X-ray laser probes tiny quantum tornadoes in superfluid droplets

August 22, 2014

An experiment at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory revealed a well-organized 3-D grid of quantum…
Researchers Map Quantum Vortices Inside Superfluid Helium Nanodroplets

August 22, 2014

Scientists have, for the first time, characterized so-called quantum vortices that swirl within tiny droplets of liquid helium. The…
Update: Speed limit on a superfluid helium nano-highway

October 14, 2013

Scientists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Universitat de…
Speed limit on a superfluid helium nano-highway

October 10, 2013

Scientists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Universitat de…
Novel features of helium-3 superfluidity discovered with new SQUID detector chip

May 23, 2013

In order to study many complex phenomena, physicists seek to isolate them in potential wells or boxes with…
Observation of Second Sound in a Quantum Gas

May 16, 2013

Second sound is a quantum mechanical phenomenon, which has been observed only in superfluid helium. Physicists from the…
Lowest density liquid in nature

January 30, 2013

Quantum matter consisting of light particles can stay liquid or gaseous without solidifying even at absolute zero. Such…
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