Morgan Freeman has an amazing voice; that we know. But what we didn't know was how much better it sounds after a good huff of helium.
Our helium supply is running out. When it goes, it won't just take our future technology, it could take all of our historical documents with it.
When you hit the gas pedal in a car, you get pressed backwards in the seat. That's physics. So why does a helium balloon dart forward, into the acceleration? Is helium immune to physics?
Sulfur hexafluoride is a gas that's several times heavier than air. When you inhale it, it leads to the exact opposite of helium voice: a deep, rumbling vocalization that sounds suspiciously like a record on slow speed.
What you're seeing here is a spiral created by a special state of matter called supersolidity. All it takes is freezing cold helium and a few other helium atoms intrepid enough to crawl through it. Put them together and you can make an incredible pattern.
You've seen people suck up some helium and talk like a chipmunk at birthday parties, but now you can hear the opposite. This selfless science teacher inhales sulfur hexafluoride and treats us to the Oscar Mayer song.
When people talk about evidence for the Big Bang, they're most likely to point to the Cosmic Microwave Background. But there's another major piece of evidence that the Big Bang happened, and it involves the element that makes your voice squeaky. This is the story of how helium can show that the universe had a definite…
If you watched the movie Moon, you remember Helium-3 as the substance Sam Bell was sending back to Earth, during his onerous three year tenure on the Sarang lunar base. Helium-3 is not a piece of science fiction, but an isotope of helium that really could provide for all of our energy needs in the future. With…
At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything particularly remarkable about star HIP 11952 and its two planets. But its iron-poor composition reveals these planets are 13 billion years old — almost as ancient as the Big Bang itself.
We know it's out there. It makes up a sizable chunk of the universe. We see evidence of it in stellar objects through modern scientific tests. And yet we can't find it anywhere. What is this mysterious substance? It's helium, circa the mid-nineteenth century.
Located some 11 billion light-years from Earth are two clouds of gas. Just two billion years younger than the Big Bang itself, they appear to be the first known clouds that are completely unaltered since the birth of the universe.
On last night's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert talked about helium and its surprising disappearance from the Earth. Despite being the second most abundant element in the universe, helium is quickly being depleted on Earth, and will soon be lost forever.
Over a thousand light-years from Earth, there are two white dwarfs, the ghostly remnants of stars much like our Sun. But these stars aren't ordinary white dwarfs, and their bizarre composition reveals a long, passive-aggressive history of mutually assured destruction.
Fossil fuels aren't the only vital resource we're running out of - our once mighty helium reserves are dwindling, and the price of the gas has already skyrocketed. The US reserves could be depleted in less than 20 years, and the entire Earth could run out helium by the end of this century, which could cripple…
No, this isn't a secret UFO installation. It's a natural underground gas tank that contains over a billion cubic meters of helium, important in many industrial processes, located under America's Great Plains. It's covered in mines, domes, and pipelines.