How helium scarcity will clash quantum computer research

Scarcity of liquid helium are beginning to cause stress for researchers, as the third major supply constraint since 2006 is affecting everyone from medical laboratories to party supply stores due to increase cost and rationing from vendors.

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Despite helium being the second most ample element in the universe, there are only 14 liquid helium production facilities in the world—with around 75% of that consumed worldwide produced in Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar, an ExxonMobil facility in Wyoming, and facilities owned by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), according to GasWorld.

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