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Helium Shortage Leaves Scientists In No Mood To Celebrate
2012-03-20 09:06:36

Michael Harper for Redorbit.com Helium is a remarkable gas with many roles. During the week it can be used in the laboratory, making sure important equipment like telescopes and MRI machines run cool. On the weekends, helium likes to party, holding your balloons aloft and setting the mood. This kind of “Burning the candle at both ends” is catching up with the gas however, and ultimately may see the end of helium on this planet. According to some, the world may run completely...

LEGO Space Shuttle Takes Trip To Space Aboard Balloon
2012-03-07 05:20:47

A LEGO model of a NASA space shuttle was recently launched into space via a helium balloon by a German space shuttle fan. YouTube user Raul Oaida said he and Steve Sammartino used a helium balloon bigger than a human being to carry a GoPro camera, GPS system and the Space Shuttle to an altitude of 21.7 miles. The mission took two-and-a-half hours to complete, traveling above clouds and into the stratosphere. He and Sammartino launched the LEGO model of the space shuttle from central...

2012-02-21 08:25:00

ATLANTA, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vystar Corporation (OTCBB: VYST), the creator of Vytex® Natural Rubber Latex (NRL), has announced an agreement with two long time textile industry veterans to launch the Vytex brand into the home textile industry. Vytex NRL is a patented, all-natural raw material that significantly reduces the protein allergens and other non-rubber particles found in natural rubber latex. "Foam produced with Vytex NRL is naturally whiter, virtually odor...

2012-02-10 19:22:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With Valentine's Day fast approaching, many customers will celebrate with helium-filled metallic balloons. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges customers to securely tie a weight to all metallic balloons containing helium to prevent them from floating away. Metallic balloons that contact overhead power lines can disrupt electric service to an entire neighborhood, cause significant property damage, and potentially result in...

2012-01-28 08:00:00

Extreme Engineering won its 6th industry award from IAAPA, breaking the consecutive, win streak history. (PRWEB) January 28, 2012 Extreme Engineering, the leader in climbing walls, ziplines, Extreme Airs and jumper products was awarded its sixth award at the 2011 IAAPA trade show. “I was in complete shock. I didn´t expect an award this year, especially after winning 5 awards,” stated Philip Wilson, Director of Marketing with Extreme Engineering. The 2011 IAAPA award made...

2011-12-12 07:30:00

NATICK, Mass., Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announces the U.S. launch of its Charger(TM) PTA Balloon Catheter, a 0.035" percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon catheter designed for a wide range of peripheral angioplasty procedures. The Charger PTA Balloon Catheter is Boston Scientific's third new peripheral balloon catheter introduced in 2011 and strengthens the Company's position as a global leader in peripheral...

2011-12-08 08:00:00

DuVine Adventures is pleased to announce the successful launching of the first bike jersey into space on November 25, 2011. Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 08, 2011 On the morning of Friday, November 25th a crew from Space For All arrived to a launch site at a lakeside park in Springfield, IL. Over the course of two hours, they engaged in pre-flight procedures for testing their electronics and ensuring a properly balanced payload. At 12:50 CST, a DuVine Adventures bike jersey and photographic...

2011-12-06 14:15:00

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by Marca Pais - Imagen de Mexico: Mexico was a proud host city to the 10th annual International Balloon Festival, the largest balloon festival in Latin America. The four-day event took place November 18-21, 2011, in Leon, a city in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. More than 300,000 spectators, including 162,000 from outside Mexico, attended the event and enjoyed the 200 balloons with a...

2011-11-28 11:34:16

Research demonstrates simple, scaleable method with realistic capability of industrial cross-over Scientists have developed a new method of creating nanoporous materials with potential applications in everything from water purification to chemical sensors. In order to produce a porous material it is necessary to have multiple components. When the minor component is removed, small pores are left in its place. Until now, creating nanoporous materials was limiting as it was believed the...

2011-10-27 13:06:17

NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon. This balloon flight competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE) in Baton Rouge. NASA is targeting fall 2012 for the next flight opportunity for the LaSPACE maintained High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) facility. HASP is a balloon-borne instrument stack that provides an annual near-space flight...