Lifton on Kingsnorth and the global rare earth market

My colleague, Professor Dudley Kingsnorth, now of Curtin University in Perth, Australia, is arguably the world’s most experienced; up-to-date; and knowledgeable expert in the global rare earths’ markets. To me therefore his keynote address to the Roskill Conference on Rare Earths, two weeks ago in Singapore, was a definitive analysis of the current situation in the global rare earths’ markets.…

Snipp Interactive loyalty programs in 99% of USA households

Bethesda MD based Snipp Interactive Inc. (TSXV: SPN) is expected to release its Q3 financials today. Analyst coverage expects the company’s growth to continue organically, along with product evolution and acquisition potential. It should surprise investors that ninety-nine percent of all households in the United States have been exposed to loyalty programs managed by software created by Snipp Interactive. Snipp's incentive marketing…

Darren Townsend of Peak Resources presents at the Technology Metals Summit

November 29, 2015 -- Watch Darren Townsend, Managing Director for Peak Resources Ltd. (ASX: PEK) present on being one of the highest grade neodymium (Nd) and praseodymium (Pr) development projects during the InvestorIntel Technology Metals Summit on October 14, 2015 in Toronto. In spite of challenging markets, Darren highlights Peak’s recent closing of their bankable feasibility study financing for $29.5M…

When Noble Intentions Go Awry

In the all the kerfuffle over Glencore’s problems little attention was given to the other main players in the trader universe. While the old adage “the bigger they are the harder they fall” may sometimes be true, it is not always the case. At least for the moment Glencore seems to have pulled out of its dive, but it seems…

The impact of China’s turmoil on the technology metals supply chain

November 26, 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving to our American InvestorIntel audience today. As you may or may not know, our primary audience are Americans (45%), followed closely by the Canadians and Australians (both at 20%): and of course, we love our European audience (15%). So allow me to thank everyone that participates in the InvestorIntel for creating an online community…

Paris Climate Summit: Coal Oil and Gas

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Climate change is an uncomfortable to topic for many people. Some are frustrated by the lack of real action while others remain to be convinced by the science. Whether or not you subscribe to the view, that our global society is causing the world’s climate to change, is potentially irrelevant because a group of powerful decision makers are gathering in Paris…

Anthony Marchese of Texas Rare Earth presents at the Technology Metals Summit

Watch Anthony Marchese, Chairman of Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER) present being one of the lowest cost technology metal projects in the world during the InvestorIntel Technology Metals Summit on October 14, 2015 in Toronto. Explaining how the Texas Rare Earth Resources’ model is profitable “even today”, using internal Chinese prices, he explains how the project risk is mitigated by non-REE by-product…

Tailings Dams and Due Diligence – Questions for the Board, shareholders and potential investors

A large tailings dam has burst. Its contents; millions of tonnes of sludge, a muddy deluge, have spewed forth and destroyed a local village with tragic loss of life. The tidal wave of man-made misery and despair continues seemingly unstoppable contaminating water ways, destroying the ecology so necessary to the local indigenous people, polluting water sources, on its way downstream.…

Argentina Unshackled

Observers from outside Argentina have gone on a frenzied romp of self-congratulation hailing the change in the Argentine Presidency in last week’s elections as something akin to a Revolution. Once again though we find that simplistic formulas are being used and the nuances of what has happened being ignored. The situation still has the potential to be a wild ride…

An emerging force in the plasma technology sector

Analysts have now recognized PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (TSXV: PYR | OTCQB: PYRNF) as an emerging force in the plasma technology sector (Ubika Research Report). PyroGenesis has successfully shifted from a focus on research and development, to commercializing their line of plasma processes, as seen through their assorted list of commercial clients which includes the US Navy and Air Force, as well…

The Temptation of Data

Everyone wants happiness, no one wants pain. But you can't have a rainbow without a little rain. Not sure where that's originally from but it sums up BigData. We as individuals are constantly instantly detectable by a plethora of data points. Every time your smart phone shakes hands with a cell network or connects to a Wi-Fi anywhere, a “smart”…

Canadian Metals to broaden silicon product offerings

On November 18, 2015 Canadian Metals Inc. (CSE:CME) announced that it plans to enhance its strategic options with the introduction of a Hybrid Flex concept for its planned ferrosilicon production plant based on its Langis quartzite deposit in Matapedia Quebec. The novel approach would allow the facility to shift production between ferrosilicon and metallurgical grade silicon depending on market needs.…

A silver lining for one technology metal

Did you know that up to 25% of hospital keyboards are contaminated with the Super Bug MRSA, a strain of staph bacteria resistant to antibiotics? That news was published earlier this year in the academic journal Infection Control, in an article from experts at  the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. And why am I telling you this? Because…

Nemaska Lithium Gets Best Girl at the Dance

In the mining space these days there are announcements and there are announcements. Some are forced on companies by regulatory bodies that require any sort of agreement to be announced, no matter how skeletal (this is particularly the case in Australia and the UK), some are genuine announcements with fleshed out details that move forward the market’s knowledge and perceptions…

The Hip Bone is Connected to the Lithium Bone

After a lifetime of sports, MyLovelyLady recently had hip replacement surgery. That's not a big deal - according to the Canadian Joint Replacement Registry there were roughly 49,000 hip replacements in Canada in a 12 month period over 2013 - 14. What is a big deal is that she was walking up stairs the day after a full hip replacement.…
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Aurora Cannabis Inc.: IIROC Trading Halt

November 30, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company: Aurora Cannabis Inc.. CSE Symbol: ACB Reason: Pending News Halt Time (ET): 8:15 AM IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension (halt)…

Seair Announces Equity Raise and Debenture Maturity Extension Plans

November 27, 2015 (Source: Newsfile) -- Seair Inc. (TSXV: SDS) ("Seair" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed a term sheet with a lead investor in connection with a private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of up to a maximum of $2.0 million (the…

Natural Gas Keeps Falling on Mild Weather

November 27, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Natural gas prices finished nearly unchanged, but January, the new front-month contract, is falling for the seventh time in eight sessions as mild weather continues to damp expectations for demand. Prices…

Wall Street looks to big week ahead

November 27, 2015 (Source: CNBC) -- U.S. stock index futures indicated a mixed open on Friday as traders digest a 5 percent slump in Chinese stocks and look towards a big week ahead. In Asia, Chinese stocks tanked after…

Graphene-Based Microphone Said to Be 30 Times More Sensitive

November 27, 2015 (Source: NDTV) -- Scientists have developed a graphene-based microphone which is nearly 32 times more sensitive than microphones of standard nickel-based construction. "We wanted to show that graphene, although a relatively new material, has potential for real…

It’s Open Season on China’s Securities Firms as Probes Intensify

November 27, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- China’s biggest clampdown on malpractices in its securities industry kicked into higher gear this week with news that three of the nation’s largest brokerages are being investigated for alleged rule violations. Citic Securities Co.…

Big Banks Accused of Monopolizing Interest Rate-Swap Market

November 26, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Twelve of the biggest players in interest-rate swap trading were sued for allegedly conspiring to block fund managers from entering the exchange market. The antitrust complaint filed in New York federal court by a public…

Euro on shaky ground, stocks up on talk of aggressive ECB easing

November 26, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- The euro slipped back towards seven-month lows, bond yields fell and European shares rallied on Thursday as talk of aggressive stimulus from the European Central Bank next week gained ground. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300…

Gold Prices Waver as Fed Decision Awaited

November 26, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Gold prices were slightly lower on the London spot market on Thursday, as the metal fluctuated between fractional losses and gains as investors await the Federal Reserve’s decision on U.S. rates next month. Spot…

HSBC’s King Says China Holds the Key to an Oil Rebound

November 26, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- The jury’s still out on whether last year’s oil slump was a deliberate Saudi move, aimed at killing U.S. shale production. Whatever the case, engineering a rebound won’t be as simple, says HSBC Holding…

New S. Korea-U.S. nuclear accord takes effect

November 25, 2015 (Source: Yonhap News) -- A revised nuclear pact between South Korea and the United States came into effect Wednesday, which the Foreign Ministry described as another "pillar" of their alliance. Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se exchanged a related…

A new way to make X-rays

November 25, 2015 (Source: MIT) -- The most widely used technology for producing X-rays – used in everything from medical and dental imaging, to testing for cracks in industrial materials – has remained essentially the same for more than a…
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