Peak Helium?

Bad news, kids…we’re approaching ‘peak helium.’  This rare gas is obtained as a by-product of the petroleum industry, and thanks to huge stockpiles this country set aside after WWI, supply has been plentiful.  However, those helium reserves are dwindling as demand exceeds production…once gone, expect prices to skyrocket faster than, well, a helium filled balloon.  The days of cheap helium party balloons are numbered…enjoy it while you can!  On the more serious side, this gas is incredibly useful for extreme refrigeration needed in many science and medical applications, so the impact will be far-reaching.  Read more over at the Guardian.