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Flake Graphite, bubble or not, the risk is greater for those betting against

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Australian graphite stocks have experienced a veritable boost in the past few weeks as many more companies have joined the graphite industry in expectation of much higher demand for Lithium-ion batteries (which, despite their name, use more graphite than lithium). Including China, the graphite sector now includes eight countries and there are promising resources being developed in Canada, the USA,…

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The global consequences of China’s higher than expected debt

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China has recorded 250% debt according to Standard Chartered estimates. This figure, which essentially means that debt is 2.5 times greater than the size of its economy, suggests that China has also found it difficult to reconcile growth with ‘bubbles’. The 250% debt figure is not distressing in itself; what has raised economists’ concerns is the speed with which China’s…

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Peak Resources: low development cost, long life mine and high (for Tanzania) hopes of mineral diversity

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In 2012 gold made up 94% of Tanzania's mineral exports. The country is the third largest gold producer in Africa, but now it wants to do more. A report out of Britain this week shows that the country is, by 2018, looking to diversify into other metals. The Business Monitor International report cites coal, nickel and uranium as new areas,…

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Potash – Hold the Salt!

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The past six years have seen a wild ride in sentiment towards potash. The initial move up was prompted by the rush into agricultural commodities at the very peak of the generalized global asset boom. Unlike much of the other speculative activity, the push in wheat, corn and soy prices had a strong grounding in rising demand in Asia and…

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Failure of ‘Hard Assets’ mining conferences suggests new business model needed

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The ‘Hard Assets’ conference development company, more recently known as the Metals & Minerals Investment Conferences, announced that as of July 16, 2014 they have suspended their schedule of events indefinitely. Some blame poor shows in the past few years, which then saw mining companies become less interested in participating. Hard Assets was most recently managed by the Summit Professional…

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Epstein interviews uranium industry’s Dennis Higgs of Uranerz Energy

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Uranerz Energy Corporation (URZ) is a U.S. mining company that commenced in-situ recovery ("ISR") uranium mining operations on April 15, 2014 at its first ISR mine in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. The Uranerz management team has specialized expertise in the ISR uranium mining method, and has a successful track record of licensing, constructing, and operating ISR uranium projects. Uranerz has…

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China’s mandate for 30% electric cars and hybridising with lithium

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It’s easy to get fatigue with the “China demand” story which has been trotted out for just about every mineral category in the last decade. Some however have run their course (e.g. iron ore) with linkages between certain products and large scale construction and infrastructure projects, while others may have been promoted too soon while still not having begun to…

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As information continues to bombard us every day, there’s a need to keep some perspective

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In the mining business there’s always the risk of over-reach. Back in mid-2011, Citigroup Global Markets added up the 400 largest greenfield mining projects around the world and the capital commitment through to 2020 for those totalled close to $500 billion — or half a trillion, to put that figure in more dramatic terms. But the analysts also calculated that…

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Electric car materials jet fuel market and uranium gains a pulse

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InvestorIntelReport, June 2014: The InvestorIntel Gold, Base & Precious Metals members lead for the month of June 2014, up +19.01%; driven by gold and graphite player -- Triton Minerals ASX: TON +171.43%. Congratulations Triton as shareholders responded favorably to their June 23rd news release: Significant High-Grade Graphite Intersected at Nicanda Hill and catapulted them to #3 market cap in the…

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Australian island world leader in poppy growing, now wants to lead on medical cannabis

In 1965 Glaxo (now GlaxoSmithKline) established crops of opium poppies in Tasmania, the island state of Australia. Now the island produces 50% of the opium alkaloids needed for the world's pharmaceutical industry. Now, also, pressure is growing in Tasmania to take the lead in growing cannabis for medical use — and political pressure throughout Australia is beginning to swing behind…

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Beryllium – Where the USA Dominates

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In recent years the panicked cry has gone up about US dependence upon foreigners for supply of the most strategic metals used in high tech and/or defence applications. However there is one metal that the US has a stranglehold on and it is Beryllium. When panic merchants begin their jeremiads, there is nary a mention of this metal. But it…
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China Gold Imports Drop on Weaker Demand, Qingdao Metals Probe

July 24, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- China’s gold imports from Hong Kong fell for a fourth month in June amid weaker demand from retailers and a deepening probe into commodities being used in financing deals. Net imports totaled 36.4 metric…

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Husky Produces Steady Results With Production Growth On Target

July 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) advanced a strong balance of near, mid and long-term projects in the second quarter while generating higher quality returns to sustain growth. "Our continued investment in longer-wavelength projects such as heavy oil…

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Maxim Receives Reconnaissance Concession for Hassi Berkane Block

July 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Maxim Resources Inc., (Maxim), (TSX VENTURE:MXM)(FRANKFURT:M5H)(OTCBB:MXMSF), is pleased to announce that it has received the Reconnaissance Concession Authorization in conjunction with the Hassi Berkane Block in the Kingdom of Morocco. Maxim and the National Office…

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Northern Graphite Comments on Market Activity

July 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Northern Graphite Corporation (TSX VENTURE:NGC)(OTCQX:NGPHF) has been asked by the TSX Venture Exchange and IIROC Market Surveillance to comment on the Company's recent share price increase. Northern's management is unaware of any undisclosed material change…

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Euro Economy Shows Unexpected Strength After ECB Action

July 24, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Euro-area manufacturing and services activity strengthened in a sign of confidence that further stimulus by the European Central Bank will consolidate a fledgling economic recovery. A Purchasing Managers Index for both industries jumped to…

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3-D Printed Tissues Advance Stem Cell Research

July 24, 2014 (Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) -- Tissue engineering and vascular biology expert Guohao Dai, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, recently won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the…

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Brent Oil Dips below $108, Market Well-Supplied

July 24, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Brent crude dipped below $108 a barrel on Thursday as unseasonably weak demand from European refiners and plentiful supplies offset strong Chinese factory data. Brent for September delivery was down 26 cents at $107.77…

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Waseco Advances Nevada Gold Project

July 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- WASECO RESOURCES INC. ("WRI") (TSX VENTURE:WRI)(FRANKFURT:WSE), is pleased to provide the following update on activities relating to its Battle Mountain Ridge Gold project in Nevada: The Company has incorporated a wholly owned Nevada subsidiary which…

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Global economy starts second half on solid footing: PMIs

July 24, 2014 (Source: Globe & Mail) -- China’s factory activity expanded at its fastest in 18 months in July as new orders surged while the euro zone’s private sector also perked up, suggesting the global economy started the…

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Graphene and Related Materials Promise Cheap, Flexible Printed Cameras

July 24, 2014 (Source: University of Cambridge) -- Dr Felice Torrisi, University Lecturer in Graphene Technology, has been awarded a Young International Researchers' Fellowship from the National Science Foundation of China to look at how graphene and two-dimensional materials could enable…

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Spinach Could Lead to Alternative Energy More Powerful than Popeye

July 24, 2014 (Source: Purdue University) -- Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue University physicists are…

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PotashCorp Reports Second-Quarter Earnings of $0.56 per Share

July 24, 2014 (Source: Potash Corp.) -- Key Highlights Second-quarter 2014 earnings of $0.56 per share1 Earnings surpass top end of second-quarter guidance range on potash and nitrogen strength Second-quarter cash from operating activities of $788 million; $1.3 billion for first…

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Potash Corp. Boosts Outlook as Profit Tops Expectations

July 24, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan raised its full-year earnings outlook on Thursday after second-quarter profit fell less than expected due to improving global fertilizer demand. Earnings have declined year over year for four straight quarters as…

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3D Printing Ultra-Strong Polymers for End Production

July 24, 2014 (Source: Design News) -- Today, the 3D printing of polymers is limited to prototyping applications, with only a limited choice of low-performance materials, such as ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and PLA (polylactic acid). The next leap forward, and…
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