Midnight In The Desert — elements

New exploration technique finds significant Helium reserves

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New exploration technique finds significant Helium reserves

A new approach to gas exploration has discovered a huge helium gas field, which could address the increasingly critical shortage of this vital yet rare element. Helium doesn't just make your voice squeaky -- it is critical to many things we take for granted, including MRI scanners in medicine, welding, industrial leak detection and nuclear energy. However, known reserves are quickly running out. Until now helium has never been found intentionally -- being accidentally discovered in small quantities during oil and gas drilling. Now, a research group from Oxford and Durham universities, working with Helium One, a helium exploration company...

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Periodic table elements named for Moscow, Japan, Tennessee

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Periodic table elements named for Moscow, Japan, Tennessee

You'll soon see four new names on the periodic table of the elements, including three that honor Moscow, Japan and Tennessee. The names are among four recommended Wednesday by an international scientific group. The fourth is named for a Russian scientist. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, which rules on chemical element names, presented its proposal for public review. The names had been submitted by the element discoverers. The four elements, known now by their numbers, completed the seventh row of the periodic table when the chemistry organization verified their discoveries last December. Tennessee is the second U.S....

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