In addition to filling balloons at birthday parties, helium can be found scattered throughout the cosmos. To date, however, scientists have struggled to detect the ubiquitous element on distant worlds, even though the gas is certain to be there. But that’s now changed, thanks to the discovery of helium on a…
You might have scoffed at the “fuckin’ magnets, how do they work” line from the Insane Clown Posse song “Miracles,” but if we’re being honest here, magnets are pretty nuts. Take any old bar magnet and cut it in half and it will still have a North and a South pole. Keep cutting, you’ll never end up with a single North…
The robot arms designed to build cars in a factory setting have a limited reach, but still manage to weigh several tons. The Giacometti Arm, however, can extend over 65-feet,weighs just two-and-a-half pounds, and can easily squeeze into the trunk of your car.
Experts have been warning of a looming shortage of helium for years, as the known reserves are being depleted. Now British researchers have discovered a large reserve of helium gas in Tanzania, using a new exploration method that offers hope for the future.
In what police aren’t describing (but I definitely am) as a “Classic Up situation,” 26-year-old Daniel Boria tethered 110 giant balloons to his lawn chair until he flew away.
Every person who has seen the movie Up and also enjoys dreaming about fanciful things every now and again has thought about flying away in balloons like Carl Fredricksen. Professional daredevil and crazy person Erik Roner just did it. He bought tanks of helium to pump up giant balloons to make him fly.
Our annual day of helium excess is upon us. We speak, of course, of Thanksgiving and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. These giant floppy balloons, as tall as buildings and filled with 12,000 cubic feet of helium, are not graceful creatures. The average balloon requires 90 handlers just to get it down the street.
Morgan Freeman has an amazing voice; that we know. But what we didn't know was how much better it sounds after a good huff of helium.
Blessed with the calming voice of a warm blanket on a cold night, Morgan Freeman is basically the best narrator for nearly every documentary and most life situations. I could listen him talk about anything and it would feel important. But what about Morgan Freeman on helium? How's that sound? Hilarious.
If you'd like to make a point about the physics of helium balloons, just stick one in a vacuum.
Our helium supply is running out. When it goes, it won't just take our future technology, it could take all of our historical documents with it.
If you like the idea of an outdoor wedding, but not the idea of setting up a tent which can be a hassle, you might want to reach out to design studio Qastic. As part of the Connecticut-based firm's research into the feasibility of using floating structures in its architecture, it created this inflatable helium-filled…
When you hit the gas pedal in a car, you get pressed backwards in the seat. That's physics. So why does a helium balloon dart forward, into the acceleration? Is helium immune to physics?
Sulfur hexafluoride is a gas that's several times heavier than air. When you inhale it, it leads to the exact opposite of helium voice: a deep, rumbling vocalization that sounds suspiciously like a record on slow speed.
What you're seeing here is a spiral created by a special state of matter called supersolidity. All it takes is freezing cold helium and a few other helium atoms intrepid enough to crawl through it. Put them together and you can make an incredible pattern.
You've seen people suck up some helium and talk like a chipmunk at birthday parties, but now you can hear the opposite. This selfless science teacher inhales sulfur hexafluoride and treats us to the Oscar Mayer song.
When people talk about evidence for the Big Bang, they're most likely to point to the Cosmic Microwave Background. But there's another major piece of evidence that the Big Bang happened, and it involves the element that makes your voice squeaky. This is the story of how helium can show that the universe had a definite…
If you watched the movie Moon, you remember Helium-3 as the substance Sam Bell was sending back to Earth, during his onerous three year tenure on the Sarang lunar base. Helium-3 is not a piece of science fiction, but an isotope of helium that really could provide for all of our energy needs in the future. With…
At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything particularly remarkable about star HIP 11952 and its two planets. But its iron-poor composition reveals these planets are 13 billion years old — almost as ancient as the Big Bang itself.