View Poll Results: your favorite noble gas

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  • helium

    11 55.00%
  • neon

    2 10.00%
  • argon

    2 10.00%
  • krypton

    1 5.00%
  • xenon

    4 20.00%
  • radon

    0 0%
  1. #1
    Elemental Lord the game's Avatar
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    lets talk about gases.

    What is your favorite noble gas and why?
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  2. #2
    Over 9000! Arafal's Avatar
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    helium is fun to inhale.
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    None, because what kind of question is that?

    Neon I guess, it makes nice signs?

  4. #4
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    I will go with Queen E's farts.

    Ok, neon, because who doesnt like a good neon beer sign?
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  6. #6
    argon for welding

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    Nitrous oxide because it makes me laugh.
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  8. #8
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    Picked helium due to its superfluid properties, only when scrolling down did I remember it's also weird to inhale etc :P .
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  9. #9
    Helium, clearly;

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  10. #10
    Krypton is pretty cool. Most 'neon' signs are actually Krypton.

  11. #11
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    helium makes my voice funny

  12. #12
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    helium, because not even the great Morgan Freeman is immune.
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    I'm going with Xenon, for its medical uses in particular.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia

    Xenon has been used as a general anesthetic. Although it is expensive, anesthesia machines that can deliver xenon are expected to appear on the European market because advances in recovery and recycling of xenon have made it economically viable.[134][135]

    Xenon interacts with many different receptors and ion channels, and like many theoretically multi-modal inhalation anesthetics, these interactions are likely complementary. Xenon is a high-affinity glycine-site NMDA receptor antagonist.[136] However, xenon is different from certain other NMDA receptor antagonists in that it is not neurotoxic and it inhibits the neurotoxicity of ketamine and nitrous oxide, while actually producing neuroprotective effects.[137][138] Unlike ketamine and nitrous oxide, xenon does not stimulate a dopamine efflux in the nucleus accumbens.[139] Like nitrous oxide and cyclopropane, xenon activates the two-pore domain potassium channel TREK-1. A related channel TASK-3 also implicated in the actions of inhalation anesthetics is insensitive to xenon.[140] Xenon inhibits nicotinic acetylcholine α4β2 receptors which contribute to spinally mediated analgesia.[141][142] Xenon is an effective inhibitor of plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPase. Xenon inhibits Ca2+ ATPase by binding to a hydrophobic pore within the enzyme and preventing the enzyme from assuming active conformations.[143]

    Xenon is a competitive inhibitor of the serotonin 5-HT3 receptor. While neither anesthetic nor antinociceptive, this reduces anesthesia-emergent nausea and vomiting.[144]

    Xenon has a minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) of 72% at age 40, making it 44% more potent than N2O as an anesthetic.[145] Thus, it can be used with oxygen in concentrations that have a lower risk of hypoxia. Unlike nitrous oxide (N2O), xenon is not a greenhouse gas and is viewed as environmentally friendly.[146] Though recycled in modern systems, xenon vented to the atmosphere is only returning to its original source, without environmental impact.

    Xenon induces robust cardioprotection and neuroprotection through a variety of mechanisms. Through its influence on Ca2+, K+, KATP\HIF, and NMDA antagonism, xenon is neuroprotective when administered before, during and after ischemic insults.[147][148] Xenon is a high affinity antagonist at the NMDA receptor glycine site.[136] Xenon is cardioprotective in ischemia-reperfusion conditions by inducing pharmacologic non-ischemic preconditioning. Xenon is cardioprotective by activating PKC-epsilon and downstream p38-MAPK.[149] Xenon mimics neuronal ischemic preconditioning by activating ATP sensitive potassium channels.[150] Xenon allosterically reduces ATP mediated channel activation inhibition independently of the sulfonylurea receptor1 subunit, increasing KATP open-channel time and frequency.[151] Xenon upregulates hypoxia inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF1a).

    Xenon gas was added to the ventilation mix for a newborn baby at St. Michael's Hospital, Bristol, England, whose life chances were otherwise grim, and was successful, leading to the authorisation of clinical trials for similar cases.[152] The treatment is done simultaneously with cooling the body temperature to 33.5 °C.[153]
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    Inhaling a xenon/oxygen mixture activates production of the transcription factor HIF-1-alpha, which may lead to increased production of erythropoietin. The latter hormone is known to increase red blood cell production and athletic performance. Reportedly, doping with xenon inhalation has been used in Russia since 2004 and perhaps earlier.[154] On August 31, 2014, the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) added xenon (and argon) to the list of prohibited substances and methods, although no reliable doping tests for these gases have yet been developed.[155] In addition, effects of xenon on erythropoietin production in humans have not been demonstrated, so far.[156]
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