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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  • RMMR
    RMMR  an hour ago

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

  • Logan Revesby
    Logan Revesby  an hour ago

    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.

  • Rowan Streeter
    Rowan Streeter  2 hours ago

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

  • H. Kim
    H. Kim  3 hours ago

    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.

  • Shashank Sam
    Shashank Sam  4 hours ago

    these videos are great thanks for researching

  • bryphi77
    bryphi77  4 hours ago

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

  • Being Human
    Being Human  6 hours ago

    We still have a lot of sarcasm

  • Sub To pewdiepie & mrbeast

    It’s called space

  • THE BUDDHA 420
    THE BUDDHA 420  6 hours ago

    Let’s have machines do it all problems solved

  • Pedja Vukmirovic
    Pedja Vukmirovic  6 hours ago

    So congo is next to recieve us democracy

  • Robert Theisen
    Robert Theisen  8 hours ago

    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.

  • Jon
    Jon  8 hours ago

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

  • James Ryan
    James Ryan  9 hours ago

    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.

  • DedaBr1
    DedaBr1  9 hours ago

    Asteroid mining?

  • Nekdo BrezIdentitete

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

  • Greg Benwell
    Greg Benwell  10 hours ago

    The crazy part is everybody tells us to reuse, recycle and re-purpose, yet every day these minerals are just thrown away and NOBODY recycles them at all!!! THEN there are guys like me, who every body gives me crap because I drive a 20 year old V8 powered truck.....but what they DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS, I reuse, recycle and re-purpose WAY MORE than your average person does in a single lifetime and I have been doing it since I was 14 years old and I am now 55 years old!!! And thus explains why I drive a 20 year old truck that doesn't LOOK pretty, BUT it runs like it did when it was new and I do upgrades and mods to it to make it "better than new" as I test new methods on it all the time!!



    In other words a lot of people "talk the talk" about how to "save" and "conserve" where I actually DO!!! And NOT for the reason you think.....you see for me it isn't about "saving the planet" as much is "I am flat broke and cheap"!!! So when I see busted up lumber or a broken computer I don't see "junk" laying there.....I see things I could build with it!!! And like I say I have done this for more than 40 years of my life.....so take that environmentalists that call me a "gross polluter"!!! I do more to recycle and reuse than anybody I KNOW!!!!!

  • John Smith
    John Smith  10 hours ago

    We have to redirect Asteroids towards earth and then mine the impact craters.
    Or back to a landline.

  • Arterexius
    Arterexius  10 hours ago

    I personally disassemble old HDD's and distribute each piece individually for scrap. I sell all the electric wiring (no matter whether it's gold, silver or copper) as well as the aluminum and the neodymium magnets. That's a win for us as a civilization, a win for the climate and a win for me cause I get to make some money out of spending some of my spare time taking hard drives apart.

  • MrYerak5
    MrYerak5  11 hours ago

    Why not use alon as trensperent screens?

  • Bearcat Ben
    Bearcat Ben  12 hours ago

    Mining


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