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

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • 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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  • SuperAnime4444

    SuperAnime4444

     7 hours ago

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

  • psychotikpaisano

    psychotikpaisano

     20 hours ago

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

  • Al Rats

    Al Rats

     23 hours ago

    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

     yesterday

    Just another reason to travel to other planets

  • Tonechild

    Tonechild

     yesterday

    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

     yesterday

    recycle much

  • spijkerpoes

    spijkerpoes

     yesterday

    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

     yesterday +1

    Me, an intellectual: We still have SUN

  • TRR47

    TRR47

     yesterday

    5:28 *shots fired

  • Brynna Wenz

    Brynna Wenz

     yesterday

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

  • Unotch

    Unotch

     2 days ago

    Seems like a good time to invade the Congo!

  • Chris Pierce

    Chris Pierce

     2 days ago

    Thanks scishow for depressing me before work..

  • STEPHAN FEIBISH

    STEPHAN FEIBISH

     2 days ago

    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

     2 days ago

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

  • Lorenzo Robles

    Lorenzo Robles

     2 days ago +2

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

  • Darmok

    Darmok

     2 days ago

    Two words: asteroid mining

  • The One Minds

    The One Minds

     2 days ago

    Alchemy is the solution to all the problems listed here

  • Frukwon 420

    Frukwon 420

     2 days ago

    tech companies should pay consumers to recycle their tech

  • Lakshmi T

    Lakshmi T

     2 days ago

    Why are lanthanide series marked two periods up the group?

  • DEATHWISH -CHRIS

    DEATHWISH -CHRIS

     2 days ago

    Totally unrelated but the host looks so much like Chino Moreno singer from the Deftones!

    Great video, thanks!