The world is running out of helium

Helium is a very low-density gas.

Jimi Hendrix once said, “I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.” He was almost right. We know of helium, conventionally, as the lighter-than-air gas that we fill balloons, blimps and zeppelins with in order to quickly and easily “defy gravity” here on Earth. (Video)


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Nuclear Missing Link Created at Last: Superheavy Element 117

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An international team of scientists from Russia and the United States, including two Department of Energy national laboratories and two universities, has created the newest superheavy element, element 117. The lifetime of element 117, which has now been created in the lab for the first time, confirms that superheavy elements lie in an island of stability on the periodic table.

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Biofortification Will Become a Trend in the Future


Evan Ryan travelled the world looking at trace element nutrition in broadacre cropping

A Yarrawonga farmer believes “biofortification” of grain with trace elements will become a trend in the future.

Evan Ryan said trace element biofortification of grains – supercharging them with elements such as zinc, boron, selenium or other micronutrients – was a novel way of solving human health and nutrition problems.


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Element 112 to be Officially Added to the Periodic Table


That’s a LONG way from Hydrogen…

Get ready to revise the text books again, the Periodic Table of Elements is getting a new addition.

Sigurd Hofmann and colleagues at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Germany produced the superheavy 112 back in 1996, and now it’s going to be officially added to the Periodic Table as soon as a name for the element is chosen:

“The new element is approximately 277 times heavier than hydrogen, making it the heaviest element in the periodic table,” the scientists at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research said in a statement late on Wednesday.

The zinc and lead nuclei were fused to form the nucleus of the new element, also known as Ununbium, Latin for 112…

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Tree Houses – Nature With Architecture

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Whimsical Tree House In Oregon

Nature with architecture is not an odd pairing by any means, but it’s never been done quite like this. But another factor plays heavily on this contemporary, flowing style – music. Architect Robert Harvey Oshatz has created this awesome, artistic piece of architecture in the woods of Portland, Oregon, for a client who’s love of music would be translated into a modern home. (Pics)

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The Periodic Coffee Table


The Ultimate Science Geek Accessory

The Periodic Coffee Table offered by Element Connection for a jaw-dropping £4,750 ($9,463) is a fantastically nerdy idea – a coffee-table display case for samples of all existing stable elements – but they really wussed out on the radioactives, replacing them instead with empty spaces labeled with nuclear decay symbology. Weak sauce. I want to feel my coffee table in my eye teeth.

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