Science Hey Mr. Fancy Science Guy
posted by July 2 at 11:17 AMon
How tha hell’m I s’posed ta watch all muh fave cop shows when all the, uh, ind-yum is gone?
Armin Reller, a materials chemist at the University of Augsburg in Germany, estimates that in 10 years the world will run out of indium, used for making liquid-crystal displays for flat-screen televisions and computer monitors. He also predicts that the world will run out of zinc by 2037, and hafnium, an increasingly important part of computer chips, by 2017.
Other articles about rapidly consumed rare elements have been gathered in a convenient scare-blog at Slashdot, and the guy doesn’t slouch on copper stories either. The supply may be somewhat greater than these articles let on—Golob?—but if these timeframes are anywhere near legit, lots of alternative power sources listed in these articles (fuel cells, solar panels, even nuclear) may soon need their own alternatives.