It seems that despite media attention, many are still largely unaware of the risks involved in inhaling helium. This may stem from the fact that helium is, generally speaking, safe. The real danger of this inert, non-toxic gas lies in its ability to displace oxygen, leading to asphyxiation.
My involvement in the Cryogenic Society for the last few years has had an unintended side effect. Whenever I’m out and about in Chicago, the city where I live, I find myself stumbling across hints of the cryo world that I would not have noticed before.
All good things must come to an end, the saying goes. Still, the scientists, engineers and officials who spent years planning, building and running the Tevatron particle accelerator undoubtedly felt tinges of sadness when the machine was powered down for the last time on 30th September.
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