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In the Loop: November 21, 2007 Archive

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Posted at 10:16 AM on November 21, 2007 by Julie Siple

It’s what we call a "slow news day" around here. Most Americans are either traveling, grocery shopping, or figuring out how early they can duck out of work this afternoon. Few are doing things that’ll end up in a newscast.

You might keep that in mind as you read this next paragraph:

My favorite story on Morning Edition today is about the helium shortage. I know, I know -- the story’s been brewing for a couple of weeks now, and it’s probably more complicated than I care to see. But, really: There’s a helium shortage.

Who thinks about helium except in high school chemistry or party hilarity? Turns out, lots of people. They use it. To make computer chips. And cool magnets in MRI machines. Scott Horsley explains on Morning Edition today.

It takes him one minute, twenty-six seconds. Which leaves plenty of time to sneak out early.

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