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Helium gas rentals and interesting stuff about helium

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We’re all familiar with helium, the very light gas that makes balloons and airships float in the air. Helium has an important safety advantage—it cannot burn or explode like hydrogen. Helium is the second lightest chemical element, with many unique properties. It is so named because it was first detected in light patterns in the sun (Greek helios) before it was detected on earth. All gases will condense into a liquid if cooled enough, but helium has the lowest condensation point of any substance (–269°C or –452°F). Unlike other elements, it will never freeze, no matter how cold it is, except under high pressure. Also, liquid helium cooled below –271°C (–456°F) forms a unique phase called a super fluid, which flows perfectly, without any resistance (viscosity).

The helium/oxygen mixture (heliox) makes the voice very high-pitched, because sound travels much faster in helium than in air—a favourite party trick using helium-filled balloons.

So why are helium and hydrogen so much lighter than air? It's because the hydrogen and helium atoms are lighter than a nitrogen atom. They have fewer electrons, protons and neutrons than nitrogen atoms do, and that makes them lighter (the approximate atomic weight of hydrogen is 1, helium is 4 and nitrogen is 14).

Approximately the same number of atoms of each of these elements fills approximately the same amount of space. Therefore, the gases made of lighter atoms are lighter.

The word balloon actually derives from the French word ballon, meaning large ball. Originally balloons were made from animal bladders - In the "olden days", especially in the European regions, jesters were said to sometimes inflate the entrails of recently butchered animals and "entertain" with them. The bladders, intestines, and sometimes the stomach, were strong enough that, despite their thinness, they could be manipulated into amusing shapes.

About Latex Balloons
Latex balloons are 100% biodegradable - Latex balloons are manufactured from natural rubber; the white sap is extracted from the Haevae Brasilienis tree and collected in liquid form, which is then referred to as latex. Latex balloons are 100% biodegradable.

Latex is collected without harming the tree by using environmentally safe, age-old process similar to that used for collecting the sap from maple trees for syrup. The tropical rain forest trees are very valuable and a well-protected natural resource. These precious trees play an important ecological role in the earth’s fragile ecological balance. They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and this aids in preventing global warming.

Latex balloons are made with 100% natural rubber which means that the balloons can biodegrade completely. The degradation process begins immediately the balloons are inflated and gets quicker as the balloons are exposed to the light. Within an hour the balloon takes on an opaque or milky look, known as oxidation. The length of the degradation process depends on the exposure to UV light, but according to scientific research the length of this process is approximate the same as a leaf from an oak tree under similar environmental conditions.

"Qualatex latex balloons are made from 100% natural latex — not plastic."

Why Latex Balloons go bang when they burst!
Most people believe that the loud noise you hear when Latex balloons burst is due to the sudden release of high pressure gas contained inside the balloon. The fact is that, the bang is caused by the tightly stretched ends of the torn Latex balloon pieces exceeding the speed of sound - creating a "sonic boom - as they quickly snap back to their pre-inflated size. When a tiny crack develops in the surface of an inflated Latex balloon - the resulting rapid release of energy stored in the stretched latex accelerates the crack to near the speed of sound in rubber. Since this speed is much higher than the speed of sound in air, the running crack actually breaks the sound barrier! The loudness of the bang is usually dependent on how much the latex is stretched before it bursts. This is why even small Latex balloons stretched to their limits will often make a much louder BANG when they burst than a larger balloon that is not stretched as tightly.

Party Balloons
Party balloons offer a speedy and easy way to add fun to your parties. Balloons - available in many colours - shapes and sizes are the ultimate party decorations. You can draw faces on them with markers and paints. You can use printed balloons to convey those personal messages to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and they can also be used in party games.

The Life of a Balloon
The life of all balloons depends on their atmosphere and the care they are given by the recipient. Latex balloons prefer a cool room and they don't like anything sharp including rough ceilings, or pet claws and teeth. Mylar balloons are pretty tough but will look wrinkled and out of shape if it gets too cold. They also don't like real hot weather because they tend to pop their seams.

Balloons that float when filled with helium
When rubber balloons are filled with helium so that they float, they typically retain their buoyancy for only a day or so. The enclosed helium atoms escape through small pores in the latex which are larger than the helium atoms. Balloons filled with air usually hold their size and shape much longer. Foil balloons retain helium longer (and can be re-filled several times). A foil balloon can float for over 2 weeks so makes a great floating gift item.

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