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HEEEEEEEEEELIUM

Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:59 PM | Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)

we were about to be out of helium
now we're not so fucked


Scientists have discovered a large helium gas field in Tanzania.

With world supplies running out, the find is a "game-changer", say geologists at Durham and Oxford universities.

Until now, the precious gas has been discovered only in small quantities during oil and gas drilling.

Using a new exploration approach, researchers found large quantities of helium within the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley.

They say resources in just one part of the Rift valley are enough to fill more than a million medical MRI scanners.

Prof Chris Ballentine, of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, said: "This is a game-changer for the future security of society's helium needs and similar finds in the future may not be far away."

Prof Jon Gluyas, of the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University, who collaborated on the project, said the price of helium had gone up 500% in the last 15 years.

"Helium is the second most abundant element in the Universe but it's exceedingly rare on Earth," Prof Gluyas told BBC News.

"Moreover, any helium that you do find if you're not careful, will escape, just like a party balloon it rises and rises in the atmosphere and eventually escapes the Earth's gravity altogether.

"It's used in a whole array of key instrumentation, particularly medical MRI scanning and so on, and so we have to keep finding more."

Volcanic clues

The researchers say volcanic activity in the Rift Valley releases helium buried in ancient rocks, which rises up and becomes trapped in shallower gas fields.

The amount of helium is estimated at more than 54 billion cubic feet - which could potentially meet global demand for several years.

The next step is to find the best place to drill to exploit the gas and bring it to the surface.

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US Air Force Buying 2200 PlayStation 3s

Submitted by: 9Millimeter @ 11:27 AM | Monday, November 23, 2009 | (url: http://www.n4g.co...)

The U.S. Air Force is looking to buy 2,200 Sony PlayStation 3 game
consoles to built out a research supercomputer, according to an document posted on the federal government's procurement Web site.
The PlayStation 3s will be used at the Air Force Research Laboratory's information directorate in Rome, N.Y., where they will be added to an existing cluster of 336 PlayStation 3s being used to conduct supercomputing research.


Mozilla launches Prism

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:24 AM | Friday, October 26, 2007 | (url: http://labs.mozil...)

Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop.

Unlike Adobe AIR and Microsoft Silverlight, were not building a proprietary platform to replace the web. We think the web is a powerful and open platform for this sort of innovation, so our goal is to identify and facilitate the development of enhancements that bring the advantages of desktop apps to the web platform.