A group of scientists have reported that they created the first-ever helium supersolid, which is both liquid and solid and should be impossible.
If you or I or your cat entered a helium atmosphere, we’d be toast. However, there is one creature on Earth that can live in helium…
The explosion that blew the $260M SpaceX rocket off its launch pad this month was caused by a breach in the helium system. Or aliens. (Really.)
For the first time ever, astronomers have just witnessed an old, dying star rebirth itself; and it has much to do with the incredible properties of helium.
Creating a “fridge” that can turn extremely hot air into extremely cold air almost instantaneously isn’t rocket science. Oh wait… it is, actually.
Put water in an unglazed ceramic bowl and it will be there tomorrow. Do the same with superfluid helium and it will go right through the bottom.
It’s not the animated movie. This is a real house – the largest object ever lifted with helium balloons. Check out these 13 incredible helium world records.
When we think of uses for helium, most everyone immediately thinks of party balloons, blimps, and high-pitched voices. However, the uses for helium go far beyond just a few novelties. (Never inhale helium, by the way. It can kill you.) In fact, without helium, we may have never had our supermarket checkouts, iPhones, or even the ability to detect tricky cancers.
Below are the different uses for helium that you probably didn’t know existed.
It’s the largest, most complex machine ever built and has become one of the coldest places on planet Earth. Without helium however, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is nothing more than a $9 billion tube.