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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  • Bearcat Ben

    Bearcat Ben

     49 minutes ago

    Mining


    I N

    S P A C E

  • Holden Saaring

    Holden Saaring

     3 hours ago

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

  • Ashrune

    Ashrune

     3 hours ago

    Microsoft is already experimenting with glass for storing data

  • General Zubbis

    General Zubbis

     6 hours ago

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

  • rico567

    rico567

     8 hours 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

     9 hours 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

     9 hours 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

     9 hours 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

    Girom Christian Calica

     10 hours ago

    Diamond sword to major steve

  • Wolfreign Valenford

    Wolfreign Valenford

     10 hours ago

    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

     11 hours ago

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

  • Aaron Ecuyer

    Aaron Ecuyer

     13 hours ago +1

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

  • Andrew Dillon

    Andrew Dillon

     14 hours 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

     14 hours ago

    Nuclear energy is way better

  • 007kingifrit

    007kingifrit

     15 hours ago

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

  • Aaa Aaa

    Aaa Aaa

     15 hours ago

    LUNAR AND ASTEROID MINING IS THE ANSWER!

  • Hobo Aquatics

    Hobo Aquatics

     15 hours ago

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

  • Catherine Ma

    Catherine Ma

     16 hours 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

     16 hours 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

     18 hours ago

    As long as you brought up "China" and then "recovering plastic from a milk jug"...
    https://www.statista.com/chart/12211/the-countries-polluting-the-oceans-the-most/