Dr. Flint on the rising demand for nuclear graphite

Fast neutrons are produced by decaying uranium atoms. If a neutron hits another uranium atom it could decay producing more neutrons. However, the speed of the collisions is such that almost all the neutrons are ineffective. Nuclear reactors use reflectors to absorb most of the energy of those neutrons slowing and redirecting them so that they interact with and promote uranium…

A Mixed Con is a Mixed Blessing in Rare Earths

I am pleased to note that Investorintel has now become a go-to site for discussions by industry recognized experts such as Dr Ian Flint in graphite mining and downstream processing, Prof Reed Izatt on the applications of Molecular Recognition Technology to the processing of technology metals from their ores; and Steve Mackowski on the actual operating experience of a mining/chemical…

Cobre Montana’s lithium and technology metals on Germany’s border and radar

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It would be fair to say that my writing up developments at Cobre Montana’s (ASX:CXB) lithium deposit in the Czech Republic is almost the inevitable result of a string of research pieces on recent times on tin, lithium German resource strategies and revival of interest in mining at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Cobre Montana manages to tie all these threads into…

Outflow of Russian capital continues to grow

The volume of capital flowing out of Russia continues to grow, despite the improvement of the situation in the country’s national economy. It is expected that this year it will increase up to US$130 billion, which is significantly higher the earlier predictions of the Russian Ministry of Economy and Development of US$90 billion. Due to the current economic crisis in Russia and devaluation…

Seven technology metals that need watching — very closely

Only seven? Clearly there are more than that in the technology metals mix – after all, there are 17 rare earth elements, but today we deal with only one of those REE. But there are six other metals that will have technology stories to tell but are still [to some extent] waiting in the wings, yet ready to figure more…

Octagon Capital on Exxon’s significant oil discovery offshore Guyana

Activity in Guyana and impacts on CGX Energy (OYL), Pacific Rubiales (PRE), and JHI Associates EVENT Liza discovery in Guyana (XOM 45%, HES 30%, CNOOC 25%) Global Deep-Water exploration recently received a boost, when Exxon confirmed that its Liza well on its Stabroek Block, offshore Guyana, is a significant oil discovery, following initial indications of a discovery which were released…

Last week’s numbers had a lithium, graphite and copper lining

InvestorIntelReport (May 18-22, 2015): The numbers for our members this week are nearly even, down .81%, but there were outliers. No huge gains were to be expected after the news of Chinese amalgamation put a shadow on Technology Metals financing outside of China. The news continues to be positive for graphite and lithium stocks. It was also a good week for gold, base & precious metals. There were…

‘Innovation’ or ‘Revolutionary’ Rare Earths Technology Debate (Part 2)

I want to discuss new rare earths technologies as to whether they are innovative or revolutionary. I will be looking at three technologies that have been reported in the last year. Discarding low value rare earth product (namely cerium) early in the flow sheet so as to reduce the scale and complexity of downstream processing, particularly separation. Heap leaching of…

Berry on the Tesla-infused hype surrounding battery market

Lithium Ion Battery Cost Declines
Amid the Tesla-infused hype surrounding batteries a number of truths have become evident. First, battery costs are falling – fast. The overall cost of a lithium ion battery has fallen by over 90% since its commercial introduction in 1990 and the compound annual growth rate in the price decrease in recent years per kilowatt hour (kWh) is roughly 14%. Should…

Jacob Securities on the emerging North American cannabis market

May 20, 2015 - Khurram Malik, Clean Technology analyst with Jacobs Securities was interviewed by InvestorIntel publisher Tracy Weslosky, about the North American emerging market for medical cannabis. He explains how it has become a real market where companies can be valued by their cash flow and commercial prospects rather than just potential. He also explains some of the differences between…

Will China overshadow Elon?

InvestorIntelReport (May 8-15, 2015): The numbers for this week are better than last, but shakeups seem to be afoot. After April being "the best time to invest in rare earths," as Jack Lifton said, the numbers for the first week of May were nearly even, down .7%.  This was good though, since there weren't major corrections after April's average of…

Toronto Venture Exchange nears an ‘Event Horizon’

As the risk of perturbing the astrophysicists amongst InvestorIntel’s followers, it has struck me in recent times that the benighted Toronto Venture Exchange is nearing the event horizon of a black hole of its own creation, with potential effects for mining market participants that border on the unearthly.  The definition of the “event horizon” in astrophysics is useful as a…

GTA Resources’ got Gold

GTA Resources and Mining Inc. (GTA.V), announced good news today regarding their golden deposits in the historic gold mining regions of northern Ontario. They reported excellent progress for both their Ivanhoe and Northshore properties. They expect more definitive numbers in the next month, and an updated NI 43-101 report on Northshore. GTA's Ivanhoe claim includes the historic Joburke Mine which produced 500,000 tons at…

Theralase progresses to high purity anti-cancer drug: poised for human trials.

Those who signed up for Theralase Technologies Inc.’s (TSXV: TLT | OTCBB: TLTFF), news alert woke up to a pleasant surprise on May 12 as it reported successful manufacturing of its light-activated anti-cancer drug, TLD-1433 to high purity levels sufficient to enter Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), review by regulators. Pending Health Canada’s approval, the Company is ready to proceed to…

China is looking everywhere for rare earths outside of China?

China is looking everywhere for rare earth sources outside of China now that export quotas have been replaced with a new tax. The first possible agreement between a Chinese and a Canadian company has been announced. Pele Mountain Resources Inc. (TSXV: GEM | OTCQX: GOLDF), declared March 30th that they have a memorandum of understanding, (MOU) with Sheng Kang Ning Mining Investment Co. Ltd., (SKN). SKN…

Is the golden age of Technology Metals upon us?

InvestorIntelReport: Jack Lifton was right that April was the best time ever to invest in our sectors. Graphite & Graphene stocks lead the way up 24% on average, followed by Technology Metals stocks at 20%. The average for our Members is over 12%; eleven companies were up over 25%. The top five were all up over 50%. The top three were, Cobre Montana, who just…
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Research Team Develops Reusable Graphene Fuel Cell Electrodes

May 27. 2015 (Source: Business Korea) -- A Korean research team successfully developed a technique to make a reusable electrode material for fuel cells for the first time. Once the technology, which was already transferred to a local firm,…

Syrah graphite feasibility study to shake up industry

May 27, 2015 (Source: The Australian) -- Rarely does the release of a feasibility study into the development of a minerals project come with the expectation that it will turn the industry for a particular commodity on its ear. But…

MIT researchers pioneer technique for mass-producing graphene

May 27, 2015 (Source: Extreme Tech) -- Not a week passes by these days without news of an amazing application for our favorite wonder-material, graphene. This week, it’s making headlines for a different reason, though. MIT researchers have reported successful laboratory testing for a new…

China puts weapons on its new artificial islands

May 27, 2015 (Source: Sydney Morning Herald) -- China has moved weaponry onto artificial islands that it is building in contested areas of the South China Sea, adding to the risks of a confrontation with the United States and…

Greece says has begun drawing up agreement with creditors

May 27, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Greece and its creditors are starting to draft a technical-level agreement, a government official said on Wednesday, signalling progress in long-running talks to unlock aid for the cash-strapped country. "At the Brussels Group…

Nanotechnology helps protect patients from bone infection

May 27, 2015 (Source: University of Sheffield) -- Leading scientists at the University of Sheffield have discovered nanotechnology could hold the key to preventing deep bone infections, after developing a treatment which prevents bacteria and other harmful microorganisms growing.…

Collaboration reduces barriers to rare earth separation

May 27, 2015 (Source: Royal Society of Chemistry) -- As part of ongoing research into critical metal reuse and recycling, chemical engineers have teamed up with chemists to develop a simple photochemical method for separating vital rare earth metals, europium…

Geomega Resources Inc.: $204,500 Grant for Montviel Geochemistry

May 27, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Highlights of the news release: $204,500 grant from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; Professors Benoît Plante and Mostafa Benzaazoua of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue ("UQAT") in charge of the…

Oil Price Rises Ahead of U.S. Supply Data

May 27, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Oil prices rose on Wednesday ahead of key U.S. supply data as the market attempted a rebound from the sharp losses in the previous session caused by the strong dollar. Brent crude for July…

Levon Resources Ltd. Announces Additional Proposed Independent Director

May 26, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Levon Resources Ltd. ("Levon" or the "Company") (TSX:LVN)(BERLIN:LO9)(FRANKFURT:LO9)(OTCQX:LVNVF) is pleased to announce that SciVac Ltd. ("SciVac") has advised the Company that it intends to nominate David Rector as an additional independent director of the…

IMF declares yuan no longer undervalued, urges reforms

May 26, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- China's yuan currency is no longer undervalued after its recent gains, but the government should quicken reforms to get to having "a floating exchange rate", the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. The…

Gold drops more than 1 percent as dollar rally continues

May 26, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold fell more than 1 percent on Tuesday as the dollar extended gains following stronger U.S. inflation data and recent comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that reinforced the central bank's tightening…

Oil drops below $65 on U.S. shale outlook, dollar

May 25, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil fell below $65 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by the possibility that U.S. shale oil producers could increase drilling activity and by a stronger dollar. U.S. drillers cut the number of rigs by…

Solar energy now ‘commercially viable’ in UAE

May 26, 2015 (Source: Trade Arabia) -- The drop in the cost of UAE’s solar powered energy sources has reached parity with cost of fossil fuels, making it economical and commercially viable, according to the ‘REmap 2030’ report. The ‘REmap…

Canada’s Barrick, Ivanhoe in Mining Deals With China’s Zijin

May 26, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Canadian-based mining companies Barrick Gold Corp. and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. said Tuesday they had signed separate partnership deals with Chinese miner Zijin Mining Group Co. to help advance their respective projects in Papua…

Theralase to Present at the 2015 Marcum Microcap Conference

May 26, 2015 (Source: Accesswire) -- Theralase Technologies Inc. ("Theralase" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: TLT) (PINKSHEETS: TLTFF),a leading biotechnology manufacturer focused on commercializing medical technologies to eliminate pain and destroy cancer, announced today that it will present at the 2015…

Last week’s numbers had a lithium, graphite and copper lining

InvestorIntelReport (May 18-22, 2015): The numbers for our members this week are nearly even, down .81%, but there were outliers. No huge gains were to be expected after the news of Chinese amalgamation put a shadow on Technology Metals financing outside of China. The…

BHP keeps faith in potash project despite long lead times

May 25, 2015 (Source: The Australian) -- BHP Billiton has defended its continued investment in the $15 billion ($19.2bn) Jansen project in Canada while acknowledging that first production of the food crop nutrient potash from the project would not occur…

Survey Says Australians Prefer Solar Power

May 25, 2015 (Source: Sputnik News) -- Solar power is considered the most efficient source of energy by an overwhelming majority of Australians, Ipsos research company stated Monday. Earlier in May, following months of negotiations, Australia's current government and the primary opposition party reached an agreement…

Paul Krugman: The Big Meh

May 25, 2015 (Source: New York Times) -- Remember Douglas Adams’s 1979 novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”? It began with some technology snark, dismissing Earth as a planet whose life-forms “are so amazingly primitive that they still…

Evolution Agrees to Pay $550 Million for Barrick Gold Mine

May 25, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Evolution Mining Ltd. agreed to pay $550 million for Barrick Gold Corp.’s Cowal mine in Australia’s New South Wales to add what it said is a “world-class” operation. The deal to buy the…

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