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Marketplace

The party balloon business rises, even without helium

by Amy Scott May 10, 2019
After all, air is free.
A Party City store is seen on May 10, 2019 in Miami, Florida.  Party City announced that it will shutter 45 stores in 2019 due to a global helium shortage.
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Why the government keeps a helium reserve

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jul 8, 2015
Originally for the military, it's now critical in medical and research labs.

Helium: Not Just the Stuff in Balloons

by Kai Ryssdal Nov 22, 2013
Helium is a valuable finite resource that is often wasted just for fun.

What's behind the helium shortage?

by Scott Tong Apr 29, 2013
There have long been warnings that helium supplies are running out, but now we may know why. The answer comes down to dollars and cents.

Helium shortage causes prices to balloon

by Marketplace Contributor Sep 17, 2012
Helium is an abundant element that's vital to high-tech products. But slack production is causing a shortage, and that has helium prices ballooning.
Codebreaker

What helium means in a world of screens

by author198 Aug 25, 2010
Nobel laureate and Cornell University physics professor Robert Richardson has a warning about helium.  The world is running out of it. And that...