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  1. What about using Neon for balloons? It's less dense than Nitrogen and Oxygen, so it should be lighter than air, right? Plus it is an inert gas like Helium, and Neon, at least to my knowledge, isn't used too much scientifically.
    I wish Argon was lighter than air, since Argon exists in the atmosphere in a concentration of 9300ppm, but it is significantly more dense than Nitrogen and Oxygen.

  2. Not really. Helium has two protons, not one like hydrogen does, and fusing two hydrogens together like stars do isn't very easy.

  3. >Demonstrating how using helium for balloons is a waste of helium by wasting helium and then having a good time with a balloon full of helium

  4. Hydrogen does this naturally by forming H2 molecules, which is what all hydrogen gas is made of. However, it only takes a little bit of energy to break these bonds and get the hydrogen to react with oxygen, forming H2O

  5. the London Dispersion of another atom larger than hydrogen (Everything other atom) has more than enough force to take away the new hydrogen.

    If you force two hydrogen atoms together you will create helium but it is known as nuclear fusion.

  6. Stop making party balloons!!! When we learn how to harvest helium from the gaseous planets you can resume party balloon production.

  7. If argon was lighter than air then it wouldn't exist in a high concentration in air, that's the reason He and H are so plentiful in the universe but rare in the atmosphere.

  8. Aye… I'm sorry. I'm just trying to say that my comment had nothing to do with Argon being lighter than air.

  9. Helium and hydrogen are plentiful in the upper jovian atmosphere, but escaping jupiter's gravity is very difficult. You will need plenty of fuel and plenty of thrust to escape its gravity. That is, if you don't get crushed first. If we make a huge rocket, TA DA! Plenty of He!

  10. "Scientists can party just as hard as everybody else" As he's standing in a white cloud of what looks like smoke…..you did that on purpose, didn't you Brady?

  11. What an interesting video about a topic i never even knew existed or had an idea about its extensive uses. I love this channel

  12. When he was talking about the expansion and cooling of Helium did he mean Joule- Kelvin effect rather than Joule-Thompson?

  13. yes, they use it for rocket fuel, mixed with liquid oxygen produce MASSIVE amount of energy and heat, thus the rocket thrusts have to be cooled with liquid nitrogen so the rocket doesn't melt 😛

  14. Wait the staff at the Hadron Collider are blaming people who use helium balloons for the shortages which causes them to delay their experiments Well why the fuck dont they recycling the Helium used in their experiments. Hadron Collider probably uses more helium in one day than all the balloons inflated in the US/UK in a month.The more I watch science videos the more I realize scientist are whiny bitches. I never bought a helium balloons before but now I will every chance I get, Thanks Hadron

  15. Yes, but spreading the word about the shortage of helium will probably save more than 120 balloons worth of helium

  16. And what are you doing know you whiny bitch?!
    without scientists you wouldn't even have your computer to write that crap you wrote!!!

  17. put down everything you own that has to do with science and go die in the forest with your fucking balloons

  18. Hydrogen bags inside envelopes of inert and light gases, and bags of hot air for buoyancy control. It can be made safe.

  19. What the US government is doing with American helium reserves is outrageous and financial lunacy, the model they have employed in offloading the gas to private companies at artificially low prices is akin to digging up and gathering all the gold in the country and then selling all the gold off in order to recoup the price of the shovel.


  20. So what, free enterprise. and heres your fix:

    Stop focusing on BS.
    start focusing on space travel advances
    go to space faster and further

  21. So, what can be concluded from this is that, the dear professor breathes pure helium. (0:40) Off camera he actually sounds like the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Who knew..

  22. At the lab I work we are also concerned about the use and price of helium. We have been able to reduce our consumption from 8 b50 cylinders a week to only 4 by using nitrogen and hydrogen where possible but unfortunately most of the remaining equipment just won't work with those. I can only hope that the suppliers of these gases or governments stop the miss use of helium so the world doesn't run into a true helium shortage. (besides helium we use hydrogen, liquid: argon, nitrogen, oxygen)

  23. Stop Google from being evil and wasting Helium just so they can put the internet into the stratosphere in Project Loon!

  24. It certainly isn't. I was only trying to illustrate why it isn't used. It is dangerous. It is the tiniest molecule available and escapes rather quickly even through "airtight" seals. You can't smell, taste or see it. Personally I would just get rid of the balloons entirely or just fill them with air. Besides, every H2 balloon, at least in the US, would have to come with a security manifest: "Handle only in well ventilated areas, do not light balloon on fire, age 10+…" 😉

  25. Certainly, you are right He is probably smaller since Hydrogen gas is H2 :/
    Shame on me for that one.
    I wonder if anyone has ever managed to suffocate him- or herself with a heliumballoon by accident… then again that would probably have been a "Darwin Award"-Winner. I can't imagine how one would do that but I've been surprised many times by Darwin Award stories.

  26. @Laxyr and @Curt D Hydrogen is one proton or one proton and one neutron or one proton and two neutrons. Helium is two protons and two neutrons. Helium is heavier than hydrogen. Learn your facts before commenting or risk sounding like an idiot. Just a friendly warning 🙂

  27. The US put a low price on it in order to sell off the stockpile in the 70s. If you paid market price for heliun, one standard latex balloon would cost you over $100.

  28. If helium is so hard to get, and so important for science, why is it so common and widely used just for nothing (filling balloons)?

  29. what im going to do on my birthday is fill a balloon with hydrogen, use a fuse as the string, light the fuse, enjoy.

  30. I'm curious, I've seen videos on youtube of liquid nitrogen being used to cool superconducting magnets, but the Professor places great emphasis on liquid helium for this purpose. What advantage does liquid helium have over liquid nitrogen?

    At least I'm fairly sure it was liquid nitrogen being used, I may be wrong.

  31. Same thing like the fossil fuels. "We are running out, soon we will have no more oil and gas booohoooo…" but it is being wasted on such a high level because of what? MONEY! As long as the money flows for these "products", the ones selling them will not care one tiny bit if it goes to waste. Especially if they dont live to see it happen.

  32. For my part they can sell party balloons filled with oxyhydrogen. It'll much fun to let them fly with the cord ignited I can imagine.
    If I had only been that kreative inventing a story what purpose it is for (like the Professor) when my mum found my bong back then. It's okay Professor to use the liquifier some times!

  33. wait hydrogen balloons explode?… why the hell do we not use that instead of helium! much more fun for parties! 

  34. Suggests people not to use He balloons for party because it's a waste of He , releases few liters of liquid He to show how it looks on youtube (facepalm) .

  35. Why are not they using superconductors that use liquid nitrogen in LHC instead of those that use liquid helium?

  36. The best way to fix any helium shortage would be to privatize the US helium reserve, so it doesn't do such stupid things with the prices. This is just another case of the government being terrible at resource management.

  37. I use Helium for weather balloons. I would like to use Hydrogen instead but unfortunately I have no suitable place to store it properly. :/

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