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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  1. Karl Tsang

    Karl Tsang2 саат мурун

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

  2. SuperAnime4444

    SuperAnime444412 саат мурун

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

  3. psychotikpaisano

    psychotikpaisanoКүн мурун

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

  4. Al Rats

    Al RatsКүн мурун

    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.

  5. Matthew Weisenburger

    Matthew WeisenburgerКүн мурун

    Just another reason to travel to other planets

  6. Tonechild

    TonechildКүн мурун

    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.

  7. El Asesino

    El AsesinoКүн мурун

    recycle much

  8. spijkerpoes

    spijkerpoesКүн мурун

    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

  9. ᖇᗩ乙0229

    ᖇᗩ乙02292 күн мурун

    Me, an intellectual: _We still have SUN_

  10. TRR47

    TRR472 күн мурун

    5:28 *shots fired

  11. Brynna Wenz

    Brynna Wenz2 күн мурун

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

  12. Unotch

    Unotch2 күн мурун

    Seems like a good time to invade the Congo!

  13. Chris Pierce

    Chris Pierce2 күн мурун

    Thanks scishow for depressing me before work..


    STEPHAN FEIBISH2 күн мурун

    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.

  15. Steve Mclean

    Steve Mclean2 күн мурун

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

  16. Lorenzo Robles

    Lorenzo Robles2 күн мурун

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

  17. Darmok

    Darmok2 күн мурун

    Two words: *asteroid mining*

  18. The One Minds

    The One Minds2 күн мурун

    Alchemy is the solution to all the problems listed here

  19. Frukwon 420

    Frukwon 4202 күн мурун

    tech companies should pay consumers to recycle their tech

  20. Lakshmi T

    Lakshmi T2 күн мурун

    Why are lanthanide series marked two periods up the group?


    DEATHWISH -CHRIS2 күн мурун

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

  22. Ben Johnson

    Ben Johnson2 күн мурун

    Global warming is a con, by the way.

  23. Hans Hoerdemann

    Hans Hoerdemann2 күн мурун

    What's wrong with his ear lobes?

  24. Daniel Law

    Daniel Law3 күн мурун

    I look forward to mining asteroid.

  25. Harry Helen

    Harry Helen3 күн мурун

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

  26. Armando Flores

    Armando Flores3 күн мурун

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

  27. Rose Gott

    Rose Gott3 күн мурун

    Thank you, handsome science guy!

  28. Adam Salazar

    Adam Salazar3 күн мурун


  29. Cole Chapman

    Cole Chapman3 күн мурун

    Obviously the solution is to print out more elements duh.

  30. mikitz

    mikitz3 күн мурун

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

  31. 989533234564

    9895332345643 күн мурун

    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.

  32. Marco Cardin

    Marco Cardin3 күн мурун

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

  33. tentimesful

    tentimesful3 күн мурун

    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...

  34. oliver franklin

    oliver franklin3 күн мурун

    The future is bleak for your kids

  35. Jimme2020

    Jimme20203 күн мурун

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

  36. Betty Hancock

    Betty Hancock3 күн мурун

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

  37. Betty Hancock

    Betty Hancock3 күн мурун

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

  38. Rich

    Rich3 күн мурун

    Graphene will be the material of the 21 century.

  39. Mr Monstah

    Mr Monstah3 күн мурун

    Graphene is like really easy to make though

  40. Ravi Rajyaguru

    Ravi Rajyaguru3 күн мурун

    Thanos did have a point though.

  41. Lobster Johnson

    Lobster Johnson3 күн мурун

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

  42. Gitana Maldita

    Gitana Maldita3 күн мурун

    Good motivation for asteroid mining?

  43. Randy Wiggins

    Randy Wiggins4 күн мурун

    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.

  44. Wayne Shilcock

    Wayne Shilcock4 күн мурун

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

  45. Mi 28

    Mi 284 күн мурун

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

  46. Alex Zoldyck

    Alex ZoldyckКүн мурун

    Worth it

  47. Gandoff2000

    Gandoff20004 күн мурун


  48. Vinder Singh

    Vinder Singh4 күн мурун


  49. derpaderp

    derpaderp4 күн мурун

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

  50. Devious Verendus

    Devious Verendus4 күн мурун

    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

  51. Brian Cossey

    Brian Cossey4 күн мурун

    Indium is no longer necessary because of graphene that is now easy and cheap to make

  52. Frick

    Frick4 күн мурун

    solar panels are horrible energy sources

  53. Chad Burton

    Chad Burton4 күн мурун

    China produces the most because they don't deal with the environmental restrictions the rest of the developed world does

  54. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell4 күн мурун

    This is why Industrial civilisation is and will always be unsustainable. As long as we keep thinking technology will save us we are screwed. This delusional idea that we will figure these problems out will become as big of a problem in the future as the global warming deniers are right now. In truth the religion of technology is in many ways a denial of what is truly sustainable... But we will see. we could always discover something amazing any day now right? just have faith?

  55. Joshua Snyder

    Joshua Snyder4 күн мурун

    And everybody wonders why the demographic transition in some countries is so much slower than that of other countries... perceiving children as economic assets and things of that nature are just small blips on the big picture. Criticality is one of the main reasons why the demographic transition is slower for these unfortunate portions of the world. It's kind of sad, and there's not much anyone can really do about it.

  56. Scrap5000

    Scrap50004 күн мурун

    Arsenic is no longer used to pressure treat wood, for many years now. What else is wrong in this video???

  57. Nick Tan

    Nick Tan4 күн мурун

    The MAIN problem is OVER supply. There is demand yes but way too much production more than the phone can be sold.

  58. Rachel Losacco

    Rachel Losacco4 күн мурун

    carbon naNOTUUUUUBES!

  59. Adam Kelley

    Adam Kelley4 күн мурун

    ...or we could mine everything in space and not give up anything, which sounds more like past human behavior to me.

  60. Good Bye

    Good Bye4 күн мурун

    We’re also running out of the elements of surprise and originality in the KGwork comment section. Every other top liked comment is a meme used a thousand times over

  61. Mad Machanicest

    Mad Machanicest4 күн мурун

    were getting to the point were we can mine some of this stuff from space. in short pulling down to earth what we need. tho this is likely a few decades of it likely to happen with in most of ower life times.