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  • The Ukrainian MP Who Leaked Paul Manafort’s Secrets Speaks to Tablet

    04/12/2017 12:41:35 AM PDT · by Fedora · 41 replies
    Tablet ^ | 04/10/2017 | Vladislav Davidzon
    Serhiy Leshchenko, the Ukrainian MP who leaked evidence of Paul Manafort’s systematic corruption to The New York Times, kicking off the latest round of Trump-Russia scandals, is a former investigative journalist famed for his pedantic and forensic habits in parliament. . .Leshchenko and some of his journalist reformer friends, such as Mustafa Nayem, were brought into Ukraine’s parliament by President Petro Poroshenko on his winning parliamentary slate in 2014 as a way of showcasing his reformist credentials. Leshchenko has since become a fierce critic of Poroshenko, whose parliamentary faction he has never left. . .[Q:] Let’s return to Paul Manafort....
  • 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...
  • Why a Helium Leak Disabled Every iPhone in a Medical Facility

    10/31/2018 4:08:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    Motherboard ^ | October 30, 2018 | By Daniel Oberhaus
    The bizarre incident happened during the installation of an MRI machine and was a surprise to everyone except Apple. An IT worker at a medical facility made a remarkable discovery about iPhones and Apple watches earlier this month, after a freshly installed MRI machine appeared to disable every iOS device in the hospital. As detailed in a post on the r/sysadmin subreddit, Eric Woolridge, a system administrator at Morris Hospital in Illinois, was flooded with calls on October 8 after several iPhones owned by hospital employees all stopped working for no discernible reason. At the time, the hospital was having...
  • Found: The World’s Oldest Pool of Water Is 2 Billion Years Old

    12/20/2016 1:44:17 PM PST · by NYer · 93 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | December 16, 2016 | Sarah Laskow
    Deep within a mine in Canada, there is a pool of water bubbling out of the ground. It’s close to 2 miles below the surface of the earth and, according to the scientists who discovered it, it’s been there for 2 billion years, making it the oldest pool of water in the world.Previously that record was held by a pool further up in the mine, about 1.5 miles down, which was discovered in 2013 and given the age of 1.5 billion years.The scientists date the water by analysing the gases trapped inside. As the CBC explains, gases like helium...
  • Investigator Of Clinton Scandals Found Dead With Bag Over Head

    07/14/2017 4:29:46 AM PDT · by gaggs · 41 replies
    Add him to the Clinton Body Count List! Peter W. Smith, 81, was found dead just 10 days after he admitted to trying to get Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from Russian hackers. He left a note behind in all caps saying there was “NO FOUL PLAY” involved. Smith was found with a bag tied over his head, attached to a helium source.
  • 'Game Changer': Giant Helium Field Found in Tanzania

    06/28/2016 2:40:26 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 83 replies
    Newser ^ | Jun 28, 2016 | Jenn Gidman
    What scientists are calling a "game changer" for society has been discovered deep in Tanzania's Rift Valley: a massive helium gas field with enough of the precious commodity to fill more than 1.2 million MRI scanners, reports. Besides the sheer amount of gas, the discovery is notable because it appears to be the first time that stores of helium have been purposely found (they're usually stumbled upon during oil and gas drilling). And the find, which will be presented Tuesday by Durham University PhD student Diveena Danabalan at a Japanese geochemistry conference, could help restock nearly depleted stockpiles. Researchers...
  • Helium leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles reveals giant rift

    07/01/2015 6:24:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/30/15 | Mark Prigg
    A huge fault in the Earth's crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found. They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating. It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of 'the big one' hitting California has increased dramatically.
  • A Deep, Dark Mystery [Helium leakage from Earth's mantle in Los Angeles Basin]

    06/29/2015 4:25:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    UC Santa Barbara ^ | 6/29/15 | Julie Cohen
    UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles has found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth’s mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. Using samples of casing gas from two dozen oil wells ranging from LA’s Westside to Newport Beach in Orange County, Boles discovered that more than one-third of the sites — some of the deepest ones — show evidence of high levels of helium-3 (3He).Considered primordial, 3He is a vestige of the Big Bang. Its only terrestrial source is the mantle. Leakage of 3He suggests that the Newport-Inglewood fault is deeper...
  • US Congress acts to avert helium shortage

    09/27/2013 10:14:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 09-26-2013 | STAFF
    The US Congress, entrenched in a titanic budget battle, managed to come together Thursday to pass legislation that prevents a market shortage of helium. In a rare show of consensus between feuding Democrats and Republicans, the Senate unanimously passed a bill approved earlier by the House of Representatives that cancels closure of the national helium reserve. The closure had been planned for October 7, but manufacturers and the medical industry had expressed concern that the move would hurt them. The Federal Helium Program, operated under the Bureau of Land Management, supplies some 42 percent of the lighter-than-air gas used in...
  • Helium balloons lift aviator Jonathan Trappe Up for transatlantic trip

    09/13/2013 2:04:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9-13-13 | Staff
    An American aviator has begun the first attempt to cross the Atlantic suspended by hundreds of coloured balloons. Jonathan Trappe took off from Caribou, Maine, on Thursday morning as his capsule was lifted by 370 helium-filled balloons in heavy fog and he headed east from the US. The concept may sound like the story from the Disney film Up but Trappe, 39, specialises in cluster ballooning and was the first person to cross the Channel and the Alps using the method. The transatlantic trip could be as long as 2,500 miles (4,000km) and take between three and five days. Depending...
  • Rep. Hank Johnson on helium debate: ‘Imagine a world without balloons’ (VIDEO)

    04/26/2013 1:03:57 PM PDT · by mkmensinger · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4-26-13 | Aaron Blake
    "“Imagine, Mr. Speaker, a world without balloons,” Johnson said. “How can we make sure that the injustice of there being no helium for comedians to get that high-pitched voice that we all hold near and dear to our hearts.”"
  • Helium found in moon's atmosphere (maybe Argon too)

    08/16/2012 2:32:45 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 9 replies
    Observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have revealed the presence of helium in the thin atmosphere surrounding the moon. Scientists made the discovery using the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) spectrometer, usually used for mapping the lunar surface, combined with measurements taken as far back as 1972 by Apollo 17's by the Lunar Atmosphere Composition Experiment (LACE).
  • Another gas crisis? Helium dwindles in U.S.

    05/22/2012 7:45:26 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 39 replies ^ | May 18, 2012 | Brad Plumer
    Snip: The United States is running out of helium. Yes, helium. Thanks to a 1996 law that has forced the government to sell off its helium reserves at bargain-bin prices, the country’s stockpile of the relatively rare and nonrenewable gas could soon vanish. Party supply stores are already feeling the pinch, as helium shortfalls are driving up the price of balloons........ A severe helium shortage, experts say, would cause problems for large swaths of the economy, from medical scanners to welding to the manufacturing of optical fibers and LCD screens.
  • Helium to Move from Byproduct to Primary Drilling Target

    11/21/2011 8:43:11 AM PST · by thackney · 22 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | November 18, 2011 | Jaime Kammerzell|
    Helium is likely to move from a derived product of natural gas production in the United States to a primary drilling target in the next five years. Historically produced as a byproduct of natural gas, the US helium supply is declining, which has caused alarm throughout the industry. Why is helium so important? Most people associate helium with party balloons and squeaky cartoon voices; however, there is a very serious side of the helium industry that few people comprehend. Without helium, MRI machines don't function, NASA rockets aren't launched and semiconductor manufacturing grinds to a halt. Helium is simply indispensible...
  • Judge Finds Helium 'Noxious' Substance Under (NY) Penal Law (now balloons are illegal?)

    04/23/2010 8:41:52 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 69 replies · 1,377+ views
    New York Law Journal ^ | April 23, 2010 | Daniel Wise
    In a ruling of first impression, a Criminal Court judge in Manhattan has found helium to be a "noxious material." Based on that finding, Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino Jr. has allowed the Manhattan District Attorney's Office to proceed with the prosecution of three men arrested for selling helium balloons outside of Madison Square Garden during a Phish rock concert. The men were charged with a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The arresting officer reported seeing "unapprehended individuals" inhaling helium from the balloons. Although "nothing makes a little kid smile more than being...
  • Helium evidence for a young world continues to confound critics

    12/03/2008 10:38:25 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 243 replies · 3,679+ views
    CMI ^ | November 29, 2008 | D. Russell Humphreys, Ph.D.
    My part of the RATE initiative, in collaboration with fellow RATE researchers Steve Austin, John Baumgardner, and Andrew Snelling, was to explain the remarkable retention of helium observed in radioactive crystals in granitic rocks. I showed that the retention is evidence that the usual radioactivity-based billion-year ages for such rocks are grossly wrong, and that the rocks are only 6000 (± 2000) years old. Even before I finished the project, critics began sniping at it. The critics are usually atheists or professing Christians with various old-earth views. They are very disturbed about the project’s strong support of the young biblical...
  • The Surface Of The Sun

    08/29/2008 12:19:10 PM PDT · by valkyry1 · 26 replies · 278+ views
    The Surface of the Sun ^ | copyright 2008
    The composition and mechanical inner workings of the sun beneath the visible photosphere have remained an enigma for thousands of years. There are a whole host of unexplained phenomena related to the sun's activities that still baffle gas model theorists to this day because they fail to recognize the existence of an iron alloy transitional layer that rests beneath the visible photosphere. Fortunately a host of new satellites and the
  • Consumers feeling the helium squeeze

    11/07/2007 1:08:05 AM PST · by a_chronic_whiner · 18 replies · 111+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 5, 2007 | Bob Secter
    Helium is the talk of the party balloon industry these days, and it is not a discussion being carried out in high-pitched giggles. The second most plentiful element in the universe is suddenly in short supply on this planet, and that means soaring prices for a lot of things, balloons included. "Some customers have told me they're just not going to sell balloons anymore because they can't get helium," said Chicago party wholesaler Lee Kaufman. "Everybody's scrambling." As raw materials crises go, the helium shortage clearly takes a back seat to the global oil crunch. But the repercussions go well...
  • Wendy's Ad Generates Complaints

    09/30/2007 5:57:22 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 97 replies · 264+ views
    cnn ^ | 09/20/07 | AP
    NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Hamburger chain Wendy's International Inc. is getting complaints that its TV commercial showing floating customers who apparently inhaled helium sends the wrong message to children about inhalants.
  • Campaign watchdog links with debate site (just in case ya have some time on your hands to kill)

    06/27/2007 12:24:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 224+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/27/07 | Brian Bergstein - AP
    BOSTON - With the campaign jabber of the 2008 elections already getting loud, an organization that promotes transparency in politics hopes one slice of the Web can promote reasonable, intelligent debate about issues. The Center for Responsive Politics is working with Web startup Helium Inc. to spark public discussion on such topics as "Should there be spending limits on political campaigns?" and "Should members of Congress be allowed to add earmarks to appropriations bills?" The Web is full of opinions on these and innumerable other matters, of course. What sets Helium apart as a soapbox is that the items voted...