Nature is great at making mass. Just study the periodic table of the elements, and we can see why. With such a wide diversity of elements and the many complex and diverse interactions, nature produces life as well. What a wonder!
And please continue to ponder our favorite equation, Work = Mass + Energy (environmental energy).
Let’s explore the table. First up, is the number two element of the table. It is Helium. Why Helium?
There has been some false reporting that the world (the planet, Earth) could run out of helium within the next decade. That is not true according to the story, That Dire Helium Shortage? Vastly Inflated, https://www.wired.com/2016/06/dire-helium-shortage-vastly-inflated/.
“Helium is a noble gas, and its phase at room temperature is gas. And it is commercially recovered from natural gas deposits, mostly from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Helium gas is used to inflate blimps, scientific balloons and party balloons. It is used as an inert shield for arc welding, to pressurize the fuel tanks of liquid fueled rockets and in supersonic wind tunnels.” according to the paper, The Element Helium, https://education.jlab.org/itselemental/ele002.html#:~:text=Helium%20is%20commercially%20recovered%20from,rockets%20and%20in%20supersonic%20windtunnels.
So fill up those balloons with helium, and enjoy the party. 🙂
Before we move on to our next element, we want to be clear that one of our goals is to study/research natural or artificial processes and systems to discover how to best meet human needs of energy, technology, and the sustainability of of both human and natural habitats on Earth.
And thus far, our related posts on this site are preliminary and undeveloped. That will change for the better…
The precious metal gold (Au) is quite popular in the news for good reasons. There’s plenty of debt worldwide, and it’s growing daily. And the world is awashed in fiat currencies…
How does one produce efficiently large quantities of gold in the laboratory ? And how does one effectively mitigate/solve the problem of harmful radioactivity associated with the artificial production of gold?
Relevant Reference Link: https://wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2014/05/02/can-gold-be-created-from-other-elements/.