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Getting More Curious about Super-Powered Helium

Curiosity Q&A for What if Helium were a superhero?

Question: What if you were lighter than air, like helium? Would you consider this to be a super-power or super-hinderance?

Action: How would you dress if you were lighter than air and invisible (as long as you didn't come in contact with electricity)? Share the details of a typical outfit you'd wear to school.

Keep in Mind: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade uses 300,000 to 700,000 cubic feet of helium to fill each of the 16 gigantic balloons that fly in its parade. If one cubic foot equals about 7.5 gallons, how many gallons of milk would all that helium fill?

Deeper Learning: Helium isn't only super light, it's super cool; scientists at the Large Hadron Collider use liquid helium to cool the magnets they use to collide particles.

Challenge: Until recently, scientists did not believe Helium could combine with any other element to form a stable compound; yet, now they believe it can combine to form of NaHe and NaHeO. What can you discover about NaHe and NaHeO?

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