Please Explain: Helium

Friday, January 04, 2013

Today's Please Explain is all about helium and the helium shortage. We speak with Dr. Martin Stute, a noble gas geochemist at Barnard college and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and with Dr. Joe Peterson a Bureau of Land Management Assistant Field Manager for Helium Resources in the BLM Amarillo, Texas Field Office.



Dr. Joe Peterson and Dr. Martin Stute

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Comments [5]

Robert from NYC

Uuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, so why this segment?!!

Jan. 04 2013 01:58 PM
Craig from East Village

I recently saw a show in PBS about assisted suicide and discovered that helium is the tool of choice by a national group that advocates for and assists with voluntary suicides for people with chronic illness. Since this is currently illegal I wonder if people think helium sales should be regulated?

Jan. 04 2013 01:43 PM
Linda from LES & AP

I love that you inhaled the helium. Hilarious.

but I probably won't do it again either.

Jan. 04 2013 01:38 PM
Matthew from Manhattan

Is helium expensive? Is there a market for helium?

Jan. 04 2013 01:35 PM
Arlo from Manhattan

Question for the panel: does most of our supply of the helium-3 isotope come from well drilling or from nuclear weapons and reactors?

Jan. 04 2013 01:34 PM

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