Party Pooper

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Why the world is running out of helium-Science-News-The Independent

When you see a balloon floating through the sky or a decoration at a party you automatically think of helium. Helium is an important natural gas, the second lightest element, with the lowest boiling point. The natural gas is used to blow up balloons for a party, using its regular form. Hospitals use it for MRI scanners in it’s liquid form. Helium is also used for other practical devices like; airships, deep sea diving, rocket launching and telescopes. This gas is made up of the suns energy and steady radioactive decay of terrestrial rocks. It is a non-renewable source, which means that once it is gone it’s gone. Helium is much too precious to waste and have it taken for granted. America claims it’s helium storage will be sold by 2015. Why? I’m not sure. I ask the question, do we need this gas? ABSOLUTELY! This natural gas is vital and provides a reason for existing, which is why scientists are trying to warn the world that helium is becoming scarce. Helium is used for much more than blowing the odd balloon for a party. Stop taking it for granted, show it some respect and think about the essential role it should play and let’s not put all our helium in one balloon.

http://www.independent.co.uk

11 thoughts on “Party Pooper

  1. What an interesting topic! I really liked your title, and the metaphor at the end is creative, and quite powerful. Remember the apostrophe of possession (sun’s energy), but there is no apostrophe used in its in its possessive form (its liquid form) – it’s only used as when “it’s” is a contraction of “it is”. Confusing? Indeed! You effectively used rhetorical questions throughout this post, and I am impressed that you took the initiative to write a second post. Excellent work!

  2. Wow! I had no idea that helium is starting to decrease. I certainly agree with you in saying that we must use it responsibly and stop taking it for granted! Great job 🙂

  3. I didn’t know that there were more uses for helium. This is a very interesting cause. We should stop wasting helium on balloons and only use it for important things! (:

  4. This is really interesting! I have always thought helium hardly had any uses except for blowing up balloons. Great article.

  5. This is really interesting! I have always thought helium hardly had any uses except for blowing up balloons. I never knew that helium had medical properties so it shouldn’t be wasted in blowing up balloons. Great article!!!

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