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Where are All the Balloons?

By Michael Crovetto Published September 29, 2013

In the past few months, some of you may have had a difficult time trying to come by inflated balloons. What's a birthday party without those cheerful floating bags of air? Helium, the key ingredient to those colorful adornments, has recently experienced a shortage. While helium may be one of the most abundant elements on Earth, after these past few months it no longer seems so. The element often associated with high-pitched humor, is in a situation which is no laughing matter.


Venezuela's outlook without Chavez

By Michael Crovetto Published May 1, 2013

With countries seemingly going bankrupt daily in Europe, and the threat of congressional incompetence killing the American economic recovery, it should come as no surprise that countries in South America are experiencing struggles as well.