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  • Not just Party City: Why helium shortages worry scientists and researchers

    05/18/2019 12:23:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 78 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 18, 2019 | Mary Pflum
    This month’s announcement from Party City that it’s closing more than 40 stores as it grapples with new challenges, including diminishing helium supplies, likely came as unwelcome news to customers who count on the store for their balloon and event planning needs. But for scientists like Mark Elsesser, the announcement was something of a relief, inflating hopes that the public, and the government, might start paying closer attention. “When it comes to helium, we’re at a tipping point,” said Elsesser, who is the associate director of government affairs at the American Physical Society, a nonprofit association of physicists. “Party City...
  • US military testing high-tech dirigibles in Utah

    04/14/2010 10:31:31 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 867+ views
    Associated Press Via Space War ^ | 4/15/2010 | Mike Stark
    The U.S. military has begun testing massive high-tech dirigibles — designed to provide battlefield commanders with a bird's-eye view of cruise missiles or other threats — in the skies over the Utah desert. An unmanned 242-foot-long balloon was launched Wednesday morning about 80 miles west of Salt Lake City. It stayed aloft for about three hours before it was pulled back down as planned, according to Paula Nicholson, a spokeswoman for Dugway Proving Ground. Vast tracts of military-owned desert were chosen for the testing because of their remoteness and resemblance to the mountainous, arid environment of Afghanistan, the military said...
  • AN AIRSHIP'S DOWN-TO-EARTH CREW, They travel the world to guide high-flying dirigibles to a safe

    10/15/2008 11:41:27 AM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 736+ views
    starledger ^ | 10.04.08 | MARIAM JUKAKU
    Clark native Tim Lichardus hasn't had a place to call home for the last 12 years -- no apartment, no house, no timeshare. His job as a blimp crewman requires him to live out of a suitcase 11 months of the year. But the job is not without perks. There's no mortgage, no rent and no lawn. In addition, he's traveled to Jerusalem, Rio de Janeiro and China. But he isn't the one waving to worshippers, tourists and sports fans from a thousand feet in the air. He's on terra firma -- come rain, snow or heavy winds -- directing...
  • Why fatties say everyone's to blame but themselves

    08/22/2007 12:31:35 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 143 replies · 2,441+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2007 | Daniel Martin
    Being unhappy. Being happy. Friends who eat like a horse and never put on weight. Childhood admonishments to think of the starving in Africa. These are some of the reasons the overweight give to explain their size because they are too ashamed to admit they simply eat too much, according to a study. Researchers found there is such a stigma attached to being overweight that over-eaters are desperate to find something - or someone - else to blame. The findings mirror comments by Hamish Meldrum, the head of the British Medical Association, who said patients were increasingly seeking weight-loss pills...
  • Everything old is new again..Boop-a doop.

    05/21/2002 4:59:58 PM PDT · by scouse · 17 replies · 411+ views
    Dirigibles get the call: Uncle Sam wants you Friday, May 17, 2002 By MIKE BARBER:::::: SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER Shades of Graf Zeppelin, USS Shenandoah and, oh the humanity, the Hindenberg. Dirigibles -- massive flying machines that went the way of the mammoth a half-century ago -- are being resurrected as high-tech weapons in the war on terror. Twice as big as a jumbo jet and soaring twice as high, they may soon be deployed to guard Canada and the United States, scanning for intruders on the Pacific Northwest's long coastline and international border. The U.S. North American Air Defense Command...