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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  • Jebediah Clang
    Jebediah Clang

    Nomophones b!tches. Get used to it. Hahaha

  • Eugene InLaw
    Eugene InLaw

    Get to asteroid mining already!

  • SPOOKS
    SPOOKS

    thorium cam hardly be considered radioactive, and both thorium and urainium are incredibly good at making energy.

  • Cj's Bullshittery
    Cj's Bullshittery

    I really like this guy idk why

  • Abby Leonard
    Abby Leonard

    Basically stop using electronics or your killing the planet and causing global warmins

  • Karl Tsang
    Karl Tsang

    Guess it's time to turn to the alchemists again.....

  • SuperAnime4444
    SuperAnime4444

    This is why I drop electronics at Best Buy's bins instead of throwing them into the garbage.

  • psychotikpaisano
    psychotikpaisano

    Hmm. Titanium will spark if struck against another piece of itself

  • Al Rats
    Al Rats

    It's criminal that we have constructed a society where the end of life of products are not considered in the design of the product.

  • Matthew Weisenburger
    Matthew Weisenburger

    Just another reason to travel to other planets

  • Tonechild
    Tonechild

    All of the elements are just made up of electrons and neutrons, so, just grab those and put them together, then you get whatever elements you need. Probably just need a lot of energy, which you can get from nuclear fusion, which by the way probably makes elements too.

  • El Asesino
    El Asesino

    recycle much

  • spijkerpoes
    spijkerpoes

    Why no word on planned obsolescence? I'd have no trouble inheriting my parent's laptop if it functioned alright Like a voyager space probe

  • ᖇᗩ乙0229
    ᖇᗩ乙0229

    Me, an intellectual: _We still have SUN_

  • TRR47
    TRR47

    5:28 *shots fired

  • Brynna Wenz
    Brynna Wenz

    God I recognize this guy from some old MNsoft channel but I can’t place it..

  • Unotch
    Unotch

    Seems like a good time to invade the Congo!

  • Chris Pierce
    Chris Pierce

    Thanks scishow for depressing me before work..

  • STEPHAN FEIBISH
    STEPHAN FEIBISH

    I have shares in many if not most of the companies that mine the elements mentioned. Most are money losing propositions that probably will go bankrupt. Losing money for their original shareholders. Picked up for a song and perhaps profitable for some private equity investors.

  • Steve Mclean
    Steve Mclean

    When we run out of helium., that is when we all die.

  • Lorenzo Robles
    Lorenzo Robles

    @7:27 he claims recycling the metals will help stop climate change...you can't stop the climate, brother.

  • Darmok
    Darmok

    Two words: *asteroid mining*

  • The One Minds
    The One Minds

    Alchemy is the solution to all the problems listed here

  • Frukwon 420
    Frukwon 420

    tech companies should pay consumers to recycle their tech

  • Lakshmi T
    Lakshmi T

    Why are lanthanide series marked two periods up the group?

  • DEATHWISH -CHRIS
    DEATHWISH -CHRIS

    Totally unrelated but the host looks so much like Chino Moreno singer from the Deftones! Great video, thanks!

  • Ben Johnson
    Ben Johnson

    Global warming is a con, by the way.

  • Hans Hoerdemann
    Hans Hoerdemann

    What's wrong with his ear lobes?

  • Daniel Law
    Daniel Law

    I look forward to mining asteroid.

  • Harry Helen
    Harry Helen

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

  • Armando Flores
    Armando Flores

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

    • Red Jew
      Red Jew

      The universe is running out because the population is growing and we are using too much resources.

  • Rose Gott
    Rose Gott

    Thank you, handsome science guy!

  • Adam Salazar
    Adam Salazar

    Intense.

  • Cole Chapman
    Cole Chapman

    Obviously the solution is to print out more elements duh.

  • mikitz
    mikitz

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

  • 989533234564
    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.

  • Marco Cardin
    Marco Cardin

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

  • tentimesful
    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...

  • oliver franklin
    oliver franklin

    The future is bleak for your kids

  • Jimme2020
    Jimme2020

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

  • Betty Hancock
    Betty Hancock

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

  • Betty Hancock
    Betty Hancock

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

  • Rich
    Rich

    Graphene will be the material of the 21 century.

  • Mr Monstah
    Mr Monstah

    Graphene is like really easy to make though

  • Ravi Rajyaguru
    Ravi Rajyaguru

    Thanos did have a point though.

  • Lobster Johnson
    Lobster Johnson

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

  • Gitana Maldita
    Gitana Maldita

    Good motivation for asteroid mining?

  • Randy Wiggins
    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.

  • Wayne Shilcock
    Wayne Shilcock

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

  • Mi 28
    Mi 28

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

    • Alex Zoldyck
      Alex Zoldyck

      Worth it

  • Gandoff2000
    Gandoff2000

    Recycling?

  • Vinder Singh
    Vinder Singh

    RECYCLING IS KEY OF SUSTAINABILITY.

  • derpaderp
    derpaderp

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

  • Devious Verendus
    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

  • Brian Cossey
    Brian Cossey

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

  • Frick
    Frick

    solar panels are horrible energy sources

  • Chad Burton
    Chad Burton

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

  • Thomas Mitchell
    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?

  • Joshua Snyder
    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.

  • Scrap5000
    Scrap5000

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

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