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

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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  • Roy McLean
    Roy McLean33 minuta më parë

    Climate change will reduce both the sourcing of these rare elements, but the demand as well... the burning question is whether we’ve reached a tech plateau. Lost Atlantis will be joined by Lost Apple...

  • Scarleto
    ScarletoOrë më parë

    Lowkey surprised we haven't figured out how to synthesize these elements, or that the focus on doing as such hasn't yet shifted from mining them naturally, but maybe that's just me reading too much scifi?

  • Jaydaks rules
    Jaydaks rules5 orë më parë

    WHAT! lighter spark isnt from magnesium :( whole life has been a lie

  • sinisterLMN
    sinisterLMN14 orë më parë

    Sounds like a job for (tears open shirt jacket and tie): “Asteroid Farming Man!”

  • MegaGouch
    MegaGouch16 orë më parë

    So western countries claim they have stop mining some of these dangerous elements, therefor saving the planet. Instead they just import them from countries who don't protect the environment or workers, and that is somehow ok?

  • Andre Fouche
    Andre Fouche18 orë më parë

    Remember the climate will always change no matter what we do.

  • Jebediah Clang
    Jebediah ClangDitë më parë

    Nomophones b!tches. Get used to it. Hahaha

  • Eugene InLaw
    Eugene InLawDitë më parë

    Get to asteroid mining already!

    SPOOKSDitë më parë

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

  • Cj's Bullshittery
    Cj's BullshitteryDitë më parë

    I really like this guy idk why

  • Abby Leonard
    Abby Leonard2 ditë më parë

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

  • Karl Tsang
    Karl Tsang2 ditë më parë

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

  • SuperAnime4444
    SuperAnime44442 ditë më parë

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

  • psychotikpaisano
    psychotikpaisano3 ditë më parë

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

  • Al Rats
    Al Rats3 ditë më parë

    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 Weisenburger3 ditë më parë

    Just another reason to travel to other planets

  • Tonechild
    Tonechild3 ditë më parë

    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 Asesino4 ditë më parë

    recycle much

  • spijkerpoes
    spijkerpoes4 ditë më parë

    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02294 ditë më parë

    Me, an intellectual: _We still have SUN_

  • TRR47
    TRR474 ditë më parë

    5:28 *shots fired

  • Brynna Wenz
    Brynna Wenz4 ditë më parë

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

  • Unotch
    Unotch4 ditë më parë

    Seems like a good time to invade the Congo!

  • Chris Pierce
    Chris Pierce4 ditë më parë

    Thanks scishow for depressing me before work..

    STEPHAN FEIBISH4 ditë më parë

    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 Mclean4 ditë më parë

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

  • Lorenzo Robles
    Lorenzo Robles4 ditë më parë

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

  • Darmok
    Darmok4 ditë më parë

    Two words: *asteroid mining*

  • The One Minds
    The One Minds4 ditë më parë

    Alchemy is the solution to all the problems listed here

  • Frukwon 420
    Frukwon 4204 ditë më parë

    tech companies should pay consumers to recycle their tech

  • Lakshmi T
    Lakshmi T5 ditë më parë

    Why are lanthanide series marked two periods up the group?

    DEATHWISH -CHRIS5 ditë më parë

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

  • Ben Johnson
    Ben Johnson5 ditë më parë

    Global warming is a con, by the way.

  • Hans Hoerdemann
    Hans Hoerdemann5 ditë më parë

    What's wrong with his ear lobes?

  • Daniel Law
    Daniel Law5 ditë më parë

    I look forward to mining asteroid.

  • Harry Helen
    Harry Helen5 ditë më parë

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

  • Armando Flores
    Armando Flores5 ditë më parë

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

  • Red Jew

    Red Jew

    Ditë më parë

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

  • Rose Gott
    Rose Gott5 ditë më parë

    Thank you, handsome science guy!

  • Adam Salazar
    Adam Salazar5 ditë më parë


  • Cole Chapman
    Cole Chapman5 ditë më parë

    Obviously the solution is to print out more elements duh.

  • mikitz
    mikitz5 ditë më parë

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

  • 989533234564
    9895332345645 ditë më parë

    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 Cardin5 ditë më parë

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

  • tentimesful
    tentimesful5 ditë më parë

    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 franklin5 ditë më parë

    The future is bleak for your kids

  • Jimme2020
    Jimme20205 ditë më parë

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

  • Betty Hancock
    Betty Hancock5 ditë më parë

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

  • Betty Hancock
    Betty Hancock5 ditë më parë

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

  • Rich
    Rich6 ditë më parë

    Graphene will be the material of the 21 century.

  • Mr Monstah
    Mr Monstah6 ditë më parë

    Graphene is like really easy to make though

  • Ravi Rajyaguru
    Ravi Rajyaguru6 ditë më parë

    Thanos did have a point though.

  • Lobster Johnson
    Lobster Johnson6 ditë më parë

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

  • Gitana Maldita
    Gitana Maldita6 ditë më parë

    Good motivation for asteroid mining?

  • Randy Wiggins
    Randy Wiggins6 ditë më parë

    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 Shilcock6 ditë më parë

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

  • Mi 28
    Mi 286 ditë më parë

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

  • Alex Zoldyck

    Alex Zoldyck

    3 ditë më parë

    Worth it

  • Gandoff2000
    Gandoff20006 ditë më parë


  • Vinder Singh
    Vinder Singh6 ditë më parë


  • derpaderp
    derpaderp6 ditë më parë

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

  • Devious Verendus
    Devious Verendus6 ditë më parë

    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

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