Why Is There a Helium Shortage?

Helium tanks at the Large Hadron Collider, one of the places that relies upon the inert gas.One of the team was around an individual trying to refill a helium tank for producing balloons and overheard that the tank was scheduled to be refilled January 2013.  Why?  Where is the Helium?

Experience has taught us that Helium is a crucial ingredient in MRI machines, wafer manufacturing, welding, and more.  And now One of the most abundant elements in the universe is getting harder to come by.

Popular Mechanics had an article on the situation.  Worth the read.

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