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

  • Published on Nov 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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Comments • 1 596

  • RMMR
    RMMR 19 hours ago

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

  • Logan Revesby
    Logan Revesby 19 hours 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 19 hours ago

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

  • H. Kim
    H. Kim 21 hour 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 22 hours ago

    these videos are great thanks for researching

  • bryphi77
    bryphi77 22 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 23 hours ago

    We still have a lot of sarcasm

  • Sub To pewdiepie & mrbeast

    It’s called space

  • THE BUDDHA 420
    THE BUDDHA 420 Day ago

    Let’s have machines do it all problems solved

  • Pedja Vukmirovic

    So congo is next to recieve us democracy

  • Robert Theisen
    Robert Theisen Day 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 Day ago

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

  • James Ryan
    James Ryan Day 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 Day ago

    Asteroid mining?

  • Nekdo BrezIdentitete

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

  • Greg Benwell
    Greg Benwell Day 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 Day ago

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

  • Arterexius
    Arterexius Day 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 Day ago

    Why not use alon as trensperent screens?

  • Bearcat Ben
    Bearcat Ben Day ago


    I N
    *S P A C E*

  • Holden Saaring
    Holden Saaring Day ago

    Oh gee... Recycling was the FIRST thing that popped in my mind before even watching the rest of the video...

  • Ashrune
    Ashrune Day ago

    Microsoft is already experimenting with glass for storing data

  • General Zubbis
    General Zubbis Day ago

    I hope one day we will be able to mine asteroids, or extract natural resources from other planets.

  • rico567
    rico567 Day ago

    This is one of the most compelling reasons why we must move out into space- new resources. Metals, in particular, end up over time in salts and residues that are unrecoverable on the ocean floor. So it’s compelling to find new deposits or our technological world gradually deteriorates, and with no means of rebuilding.

  • Tom Noyb
    Tom Noyb Day ago

    Appealing to science is fine, but be guided by the Word. In Genesis3, God commands Adam to make his living scratching the earth. A blessing and a curse. There are plenty of minerals in the earth, if Leftists quit blocking access? Clean yes, but dig.

  • Jon Swaffield
    Jon Swaffield Day ago

    Stepping back from the hi-tec focus of this, they could have mentioned Phosphorus. There are various estimates of when the easily mined phosphate rich rock in the western sahara will be exhausted. Yes, that's correct: Phosphorus as in Phosphate as in fertilizer as in food, the Green Revolution. Personally I'd rather eat than have a smart phone to play stupid games on.

  • Mike Mondano
    Mike Mondano Day ago

    "Ant-tim-moany"? Really? Where do they find these people?
    And we aren't running out since these elements don't leave the Earth - they simply get harder to find in more concentrated forms.

  • Girom Christian Calica

    Diamond sword to major steve

  • Wolfreign Valenford

    anarchy duh. im going to kill you & you & you & you & then you & you & you & probably get be killed in one of the processes while being successful at some or most in Killing.

  • SaltpeterTaffy
    SaltpeterTaffy Day ago

    How do you recycle Helium? Isn't it lost forever once it's in the atmosphere?

  • Aaron Ecuyer
    Aaron Ecuyer Day ago +1

    this is why asteroid mining will be important in the near future.

  • Andrew Dillon
    Andrew Dillon Day ago

    1st off "Emissions" don't cause climate change, BUT, i hear that in the USA, "SAID EMISSIONS" cause crusty socks....

  • Jakey Poooh
    Jakey Poooh Day ago

    Nuclear energy is way better

  • 007kingifrit
    007kingifrit Day ago +1

    we should outlaw the selling of smart tech to the 3rd world and save it for ourselves

    • 007kingifrit
      007kingifrit Day ago +1

      @John Smith sounds right to me!

    • John Smith
      John Smith Day ago

      But we will give them a $1 hour to mine our arsenic reserves.

  • Aaa Aaa
    Aaa Aaa Day ago


    • John Smith
      John Smith Day ago

      Its 10,000 per gram to ship in space. If the moon was made of Gold it would cost $15,000 an onze to go get a $1000 an once product.

  • Hobo Aquatics
    Hobo Aquatics Day ago

    We are running out or we are not. Your title and what you say does not align.

  • Catherine Ma
    Catherine Ma Day ago

    Japanese are already making Olympic medals from old electronics. Of course, gold, silver and copper aren't in the rare metal list here but every country should be Japan on this issue.

  • The Ram
    The Ram Day ago

    Investments have been made to restart mineing and extracting of rare metals in the U.S. but china is ramping up supply and dumping it on the market to keep prices low. Just like dji did to every domestic drone maker in the America. Will this happen again??

  • Drive-By Troll
    Drive-By Troll Day ago

    As long as you brought up "China" and then "recovering plastic from a milk jug"...

  • northerniltree
    northerniltree 2 days ago

    This is why I chose to build my own cell phone out of Legos.

  • Range Range
    Range Range 2 days ago

    Cry some more please

  • xxmyyoursxx123
    xxmyyoursxx123 2 days ago

    Said the same thing about fossil fules

  • Terry Sommers
    Terry Sommers 2 days ago

    you lost my respect by saying that recycling rare earths from discarded electronics would 'be a win for stopping climate change'. climate change has been going on since the earth formed, and people aren't going to stop it. please, stop your 'climate panic' pandemic. climate has always been changing you effing moron, and your little "sci show' logo is a poor disguise

  • antisony2008
    antisony2008 2 days ago

    we´re running out of beautiful men, like you!

  • TaxPayingContributor
    TaxPayingContributor 2 days ago +1

    Phytomining! Traffic trees to uptake CO

  • Denys Kornev
    Denys Kornev 2 days ago

    8:58 and buy only the best models and not the cheap ones, since it will work and be supported longer.

  • Denys Kornev
    Denys Kornev 2 days ago +2

    Bad news about DRC since Russia is going to make a “friendship” with Africa.

  • Thrax
    Thrax 2 days ago

    Time to strip mine the moon

  • janey0317
    janey0317 2 days ago +2

    If we're running out of Helium, why can I buy it for cheap at any Walmart or party store????

    • janey0317
      janey0317 2 days ago +1

      @Keallei Exactly! And we only have a finite supply of Helium

    • Keallei
      Keallei 2 days ago +1

      janey0317 its a real problem and I wish it would be stopped for recreational use. Nobody NEEDS a floating balloon.

  • Cracked Emerald
    Cracked Emerald 2 days ago +1

    Trash is stupid and we should stop doing it.

  • Poor Username
    Poor Username 2 days ago

    Yeah, But the Earth is more than a few feet deep, Most likely the easy stuff is running out just did a bit deeper put your back into it and dig.

  • cosmin
    cosmin 2 days ago +1

    asteroid mining maybe?

    • John Smith
      John Smith Day ago

      Its 10,000 per gram to ship in space. If the moon was made of Gold it would cost $15,000 an ounce to go get a $1000 an ounce product.

  • first last
    first last 2 days ago

    I wonder why more nickle metal hydride isn't used in things instead of Lithium batteries. They might not be quite as dense, but they do the job. Also worth looking at when portability isn't necessary, is tvclip.biz/video/HmtI8Wat7rY/video.html

  • Skeletor
    Skeletor 2 days ago

    You're forgetting the most important contributor to "criticality"
    That's the planned, deliberate, and forceful action taken by device makers like Apple, to get people to perpetually upgrade their phones and other devices, and to accept a culture of version-sensitivity ( more accurately, version obsession).
    You don;t change you dining room table every 2 years because there is a new version. The hardware we use today could last for 20-30 years if manufacturers left it alone.
    Moreover, in all cases, the life-limiting components ( such as backlight fluorescent tubes for monitors, capacitors in switching power supplies, etc) are NOT made of critical materials.
    So critical materials are being discarded because non-critical components have a limited ( and often deliberately so) life span.
    This is all the fault of device makers. Apple one of the worst offenders. ( they even tell customers "don't fix it, replace it!")

  • Levi Bailey
    Levi Bailey 2 days ago +1

    So start recycling touch screens and plasma screens. Humans are the most wasteful primates on earth, even chimpanzees know how to reuse sticks to obtain their food.

  • The Amazing Spatterman
    The Amazing Spatterman 2 days ago +1

    The implications of each of these are staggering to me

  • Lumpy Muffin Mamnma
    Lumpy Muffin Mamnma 2 days ago

    Looks like we’ve got to start mining asteroids in space

  • Bliefking
    Bliefking 2 days ago

    People aren’t always willing to mine that stuff for us.
    They are often forced to. By powerful people or their dire circumstances.

  • Frik Na luzie
    Frik Na luzie 2 days ago

    *helpfully points upwards* There's a lot, lot, LOT of this stuff in space. Problem is getting to it, and returning it to Earth - but this is a problem solvable by sufficient amount of money thrown at it.

  • F4Wildcat
    F4Wildcat 2 days ago

    4:14 Thorium issent a problem. Its infact a fuel that can (temporary) replace uranium untill we master nuclear fusion. Thorium is already a massive byproduct that can be safely stored underground. These massive supplies can power the entire USA for 1000 years. its waste after usage is far less then uranium.Especially if we master Thorium salt reactors. 5KG of thorium would result in 5 grammes of waste.

    Uranium issent a problem per se but after actually using it we are left with alot of dangerous waste. 250 ton of uranium produces...210 ton of waste

    Radium however, is a big problem...as it has no use today because of its toxicity.