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The Outfall of a Helium-3 Crisis

February 20th, 2011 02:40 admin Leave a comment Go to comments


astroengine writes “The United States is currently recovering from a helium isotope crisis that last year sent low-temperature physicists scrambling, sky-rocketed the cost of hospital MRI’s, and threw national security staff out on a search mission for alternate ways to detect dirty bombs. Now the panic is subsiding, what is being done to conserve, or replace, helium-3?”

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    There are large amounts of He3 being made in heavy water reactors that is not being collected. Until now there has been little motivation to go through the trouble and expense of modifying these reactors to extract it, but it’s not THAT hard. At some point it will just be done and then we’ll be fine. This is only a short-term problem.


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