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Sixty seconds on . . . helium

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 06 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3691
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. The BMJ

Helium? I can’t work out what you’re saying with that squeaky voice

This is no joking matter. Scientists are fit to burst after a team from Durham University found a huge reserve of the gas in the Rift Valley in east Africa.

Helium out of Africa? What’s that got to do with medicine?

Tanzania, to be precise. Helium is used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, besides having many industrial applications. The find, of roughly 1.53 billion …

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