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Originally Posted by joman2055;12494700 
isnt it possible to just manufacture it?

maybe glue two hydrogens together? cool.gif


Yeah, why can't they figure out a way to just put two hydrogen nuclei really close together? It's such a simple solution! tongue.gif
post #22 of 35
Didn't I read once that natural gas can be processed into Helium, or Helium is refined from natural gas?
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post #23 of 35
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Originally Posted by subliminally incorrect;12494135 
bring on the planet crackers and necromorphs!

lol that's the first thing that came to mind
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post #24 of 35
Get nuclear fusion reactors working, and it produces helium.

Even if they don't get it working as a commercial power source, I'm sure it'd be cheaper to use it to manufacture Helium than it would be to go to the moon and mine it hmmsmiley02.gif
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Originally Posted by Sabis;12495786 
Start splitting more hydrogen

You need to fuse the hydrogen (well, deuterium and tritium)
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This just in: a new endless supply has been discovered in the fox news building in the heads of most of their on air personnel. BOOM HEAD SHOT!
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post #27 of 35
The article is worng. It's not regular helium(helium-4), but helium-3 that would be mined:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium-3
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Helium-3 (He-3) is a light, non-radioactive isotope of helium with two protons and one neutron.

It is rare on Earth

The abundance of helium-3 is thought to be greater on the Moon

The lower mass of helium-3 causes it to have higher zero point energy, which means helium-3 can overcome dipole-dipole interaction with less thermal energy than helium-4
    
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post #28 of 35
^^^
now it makes sense thanks biggrin.gif
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post #29 of 35
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Originally Posted by nathangentzen;12495145 

Key word: profitable. This makes me sad as it reminds me that our species doesn't have a defined goal yet. If it did, anything that got us towards that goal would be considered 'profitable' without the influence of a dollar sign. Business majors often describe things as 'money' for this reason.

It DOES have a defined goal. It's in your first line.
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"There's cheese on the moon, get 'cha crackers!" - 5050Twin
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