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Recent Examples on the Web When spent nuclear fuel rods are removed from their reactor and cooled, they are typically surrounded in inert gas and sealed into thick steel and concrete casks that are intended to last for decades. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, "Trump’s Most Vicious Cultists Aren’t Done With America," 18 Dec. 2020 The boilers are needed to power generators that, among other things, keeps an inert gas that prevents explosions flowing. Washington Post, "Seawater seeping into decaying oil tanker off Yemen coast," 26 June 2020 The modern equivalent uses a piston containing an inert gas such as nitrogen that stores energy when compressed, unleashing it when the trigger is pulled to provide velocities up as high as 1,500 fps. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Air Rifles for Hunting Squirrels," 4 Dec. 2020 While most people think of helium as the lighter-than-air stuff filling party balloons, the inert gas is vital to scientific research and medical diagnostic procedures that could be put at risk if new sources aren’t developed. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Feds looks to approve helium well inside new wilderness area as opponents decry political ‘mischief’," 28 Oct. 2020 Rust has covered parts of the tanker and the inert gas that prevents the tanks from gathering inflammable gases, has leaked out. Washington Post, "UN encouraged experts may get to visit oil tanker off Yemen," 10 July 2020 The boilers are needed to power generators that, among other things, keep an inert gas that prevents explosions flowing. Washington Post, "Yemen asks for help as seawater seeps into abandoned tanker," 26 June 2020 Microbes in seafloor sediment can help prevent this problem by converting excess nitrogen into an inert gas that escapes into the atmosphere. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Fishing trawlers could harm water quality by disrupting seafloor microbes," 3 Mar. 2020 One option, Sefton-Nash says, would be to install specialized cabinets in which the sample would be protected from us, and us from them, by multiple layers of inert gas. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Rocks, Rockets and Robots: The Plan to Bring Mars Down to Earth," 6 Feb. 2020

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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29 Dec 2020

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“Inert gas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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