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It’s used in everything from kids parties to medicine – but now supplies are running so low scientists want to ration it. The Independent's Steve Connor reports on the great helium shortage

Raising awareness of heliums importance to neuroscience

"Helium’s low boiling point makes it useful for cooling metals needed for superconductivity, such as the superconducting magnets used in medical MEG scanners and specialist brain-scanning equipment."

In a series of articles published in The Independent, Science Correspondent Steven Connor and Mark Stokes discuss the recent instabilities in global helium market, and how shortages have affected science research programmes across the country, especially brain imaging centre like OHBA: