Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Antimony, Hafnium, Indium, Platinum, and Silver: All Gone in 20 Years

I read Reflections: The Death of Gallium on Asimov's via Slashdot and then looked up the original sources in Tom Hudson's Journal to check if this is legit.

I found the above table in a June '07 article on IdTechEx. And several more graphics and thorough writeup in New Scientist magazine from May 2007.

So it's a reputable scientific model but why do we care?

These metals are used in LCD screens, mobile phones, computer chips, pharmaceuticals, fuel cells, etc... We are reaching the absolute limit of what we can manufacture using these metals.

Maybe recycling technologies are a good investment? Or will we discover new technologies like quantum computers as our elements go extinct?

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