We're Running Out of These Elements - Here's How


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    Phones, TVs, solar panels, and electric car batteries are all made of some rare and unusual elements. As our modern world creates more and more of these technologies, will things go from "rare" to "nonexistent" and what will we do then?
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    1. Hans Hoerdemann

      What's wrong with his ear lobes?

    2. Daniel Law

      I look forward to mining asteroid.

    3. Harry Helen

      Damn. This means we can’t make the Death Star. I’m so sad.

    4. Armando Flores

      Unlimited universe and we're running out of elements. Smh

    5. Rose Gott

      Thank you, handsome science guy!

    6. Adam Salazar


    7. Cole Chapman

      Obviously the solution is to print out more elements duh.

    8. mikitz

      I used to mining anti-materia. The mine blew up, once I materialized the proceeds.

    9. 989533234564

      assuming we cant just get them from space in the future once the price is high enough there will be people willing to mine in dangerous conditions to extract the materials even if they try to make doing so illegal, if the price of arsenic was say $200/kg and there were deposits near me with around 1kg of arsenic per ton of ore mined id be right out there with a pick axe and a gas mask id like to think im a decent enough chemist so unless the extraction of the metal requires electrolysis at 2000k ish like with something like sodium or aluminium i could probably do the extraction on a small scale too can't be much worse than working with mercury or lead.

    10. Marco Cardin

      Metals can be recycled but it's almost impossible to recover helium and that's a huge trouble!

    11. tentimesful

      China has probably has the most minerals as their prices stay low, in made in China products... Samsung and others are bringing products that cost 1000+ dollar smartphones , which is a joke... But in real life we will run out of things we can't make out of nothing, iron wolf ertz, uranium, oil etc... World should keep hold on what brings us to forward without those minerals and fossils...

    12. oliver franklin

      The future is bleak for your kids

    13. Jimme2020

      Asteroid mining would solve all the problems......

    14. Betty Hancock

      Wonder how much of these things are on the moon? Or asteroids

    15. Betty Hancock

      I don't think we're going to have to worry about all this electronics and solar panels much longer. Hopefully.

    16. Rich

      Graphene will be the material of the 21 century.

    17. Mr Monstah

      Graphene is like really easy to make though

    18. Ravi Rajyaguru

      Thanos did have a point though.

    19. Lobster Johnson

      So this is what the Incubus singer is up to these days

    20. Gitana Maldita

      Good motivation for asteroid mining?

    21. Randy Wiggins

      Radio Shack had a battery return policy alleged to be recycled but bet they were tossed. Recycling only makes sense in bulk . Car tires still a problem.

    22. Wayne Shilcock

      China owns most of the rare minerals, so war with China then.

    23. Mi 28

      All that said, recycling is significantly more expensive than mining.

    24. Gandoff2000


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    26. derpaderp

      Good video you've become a way better public speaker since I lasted watched you like maybe 2-3 years ago

    27. Devious Verendus

      A big issue with the limited resources we have is also just the fact that producers of gadgets and other products push to sell as much as possible and therefore release a new phone every year instead of waiting a few years and preserving our resources

    28. Brian Cossey

      Indium is no longer necessary because of graphene that is now easy and cheap to make

    29. Frick

      solar panels are horrible energy sources

    30. Chad Burton

      China produces the most because they don't deal with the environmental restrictions the rest of the developed world does

    31. Thomas Mitchell

      This is why Industrial civilisation is and will always be unsustainable. As long as we keep thinking technology will save us we are screwed. This delusional idea that we will figure these problems out will become as big of a problem in the future as the global warming deniers are right now. In truth the religion of technology is in many ways a denial of what is truly sustainable... But we will see. we could always discover something amazing any day now right? just have faith?

    32. Joshua Snyder

      And everybody wonders why the demographic transition in some countries is so much slower than that of other countries... perceiving children as economic assets and things of that nature are just small blips on the big picture. Criticality is one of the main reasons why the demographic transition is slower for these unfortunate portions of the world. It's kind of sad, and there's not much anyone can really do about it.

    33. Scrap5000

      Arsenic is no longer used to pressure treat wood, for many years now. What else is wrong in this video???

    34. Nick Tan

      The MAIN problem is OVER supply. There is demand yes but way too much production more than the phone can be sold.

    35. Rachel Losacco

      carbon naNOTUUUUUBES!

    36. Adam Kelley

      ...or we could mine everything in space and not give up anything, which sounds more like past human behavior to me.

    37. Good Bye

      We’re also running out of the elements of surprise and originality in the USsel comment section. Every other top liked comment is a meme used a thousand times over

    38. Mad Machanicest

      were getting to the point were we can mine some of this stuff from space. in short pulling down to earth what we need. tho this is likely a few decades of it likely to happen with in most of ower life times.

    39. Jeremy Heartriter2.0

      Somebody might consider buying a landfill for future possibilities of using them as mines.

    40. quayscenes

      Great info. However, the extreme jump-cut editing is massively annoying. All the presenters sound exactly alike which is also annoying. I would rather see a little personality come through. I can't continue watching this video.

    41. D2005 Cre 27

      Semiconductors and rare metals can be recycled, remember one you a resource it doesn't just simply disappear. Unless it's a fuel that obviously isn't a mere element or doesn't undergo radioactive decay. So to sum it all up we still have plenty of resources the problem being that reusing them isn't very profitable.

    42. kumoyuki

      asteroid mining

    43. John Raffaelli

      Elements May becoming scarce on Earth for that is why maybe we should Outsource towards the stars and look at some of the asteroids in the Kuiper belt I'm sure there's a whole bunch of elements out there that we have no idea of and a whole lot of fun that we need so food for thought

    44. JR Boyd

      So Thanos was right all along. Our resources are finite.

    45. YishayOfStormwind

      i think the increase in price will increase the number of places willing to extract it in the end, so it is somewhat self regulating in the short term.

    46. RMMR

      Aren't we supposed to run out of gasoline in 1999? Oh wait what

    47. Logan Revesby

      Here's my expert opinion which I never bothered sharing before, but will be sharing in the comment section of each science channel's version of this video over the next few weeks.

    48. Rowan Streeter

      Calls it Indium and then immediately says aluminum... AluminIUM... Can't you morons see that already?!?!?!

    49. H. Kim

      When I was a kid in early 80s, teachers at school taught us that we were running out of oil. Now look at the world. The world is still full of oil. Obviously those fake teachers had nothing but arrogance to predict the future. What do those scientists know about the future? They do nothing but fear mongering for their own interests.

    50. Shashank Sam

      these videos are great thanks for researching

    51. bryphi77

      You lost me at electric cars and climate change. Lol... You sound like a good tard influencer... I mean shill.

    52. Being Human

      We still have a lot of sarcasm

    53. Sub To pewdiepie & mrbeast

      It’s called space

    54. THE BUDDHA 420

      Let’s have machines do it all problems solved

    55. Pedja Vukmirovic

      So congo is next to recieve us democracy

    56. Robert Theisen

      The law of conservation of mass dictates that we will never run out of any elements. They may become difficult to obtain, but they will never disappear.

      1. Daniel Brizuela

        What about helium? Once it's out, it's gone for good..

    57. Jon

      They haven't used arsenic in pressure treatment wood in the United States for about 20 years.

    58. James Ryan

      Just like beer bottles and cans, a recycle fee should be placed into the product retail value. When the device is returned, the premium will be returned. Those who could care less about a premium will still throw away their junk, but there will be an incentive for others to clean that up for profit. Add a refundable $100 to a phone and there won't be many phones escaping the recycling industry.

    59. DedaBr1

      Asteroid mining?

    60. Nekdo BrezIdentitete

      Thanks to Atlas Pro and channels dating farther back, this isn't news.