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Congress ponders legislation to encourage rare earth production

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On June 17 of this year, US House Representative, Steve Stockman, introduced Bill HR 4883 “to provide for the establishment of a National Rare-Earth Refinery Cooperative, and for other purposes. The Bill was referred to the House Committee on Armed Services. It is a House companion bill to legislation introduced earlier in the year by Sen. Roy Blunt, (R-M). Both bills…

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Argentina – Been there done that

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It is a sure sign that the global financial markets are in their summer doldrums and hard up for a story to stir up some action that they are clinging to an Argentine default as a trigger for a monetary apocalypse. However it is also yet another case of Wall Street getting Argentina wrong as it has done so many…

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Harry Barr on El Nino’s copper, zinc hat-trick with MMG and Glencore

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July 31, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Harry Barr, President and CEO of El Nino Ventures (‘ELN’, TSXV: ELN) about a copper exploration project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and two zinc-lead-silver exploration and development projects in the Bathurst Mining Camp, New Brunswick. ELN has recently announced a deal with MMG (a…

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Epstein interviews Paul Gorman on Great Lakes Graphite’s industrial minerals advantage

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The following interview of Paul Gorman, CEO of Great Lakes Graphite was conducted on July 29-30 by phone and email. Great Lakes Graphite stands out in many respects for a small cap company. As you read this interview, you will learn how Great Lakes differentiates itself from peers. This company really is moving at lightning speed and has a fully-developed game plan…

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Mason Graphite expands resource and stock moves +25% in July

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Mason Graphite Inc. ("Mason", TSX.V: LLG | OTCQX: MGPHF) has the potential to deliver very high purity graphite – up to 99.9% graphitic carbon content - in response to new industrial applications, using traditional processes, which require relatively modest investment. On July 29, Mason expanded its resource, announcing the discovery of high-grade intersections graphite in the northeastern extension of Lake…

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Processing, not just Production, is the Key to Survival for a Rare Earth Junior

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Rare Earth RPMs, Reaching Production Mode versus Reaching Profitability Mode, which metric is more important to investors? What are the critical rare earth companies, and are there any such companies? These are not supply chain questions; these are existential questions for the rare earth markets of the near future. The critical rare earths are those used in the mass production…

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Separating the Weed from the Buds

There have been hundreds of articles in the financial press and investment blogs about Medical Marijuana, "MMJ" stocks, including many about how to analyze them. I read with great interest yesterday's article in InvestorIntel about the NY Times coming out in favor of legalization in the state. This is indeed big news. However, in this piece I focus on some…

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New York Times calls for legalization of marijuana

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For those who worried whether investing in marijuana stocks was a worthwhile exercise or a psychedelic dream, the New York Times has provided an answer that could turn the right pot stocks into jackpots. In an unprecedented move the New York Times (click here) is calling for the end of marijuana prohibition, confirming thoughts that have crossed the minds of mainstream America…

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It’s raining copper in the DRC’s Katanga Province

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El Nino Ventures Inc. (‘ELN’, TSXV: ELN) has a copper exploration project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and two zinc-lead-silver (copper) exploration and development projects in the Bathurst Mining Camp, New Brunswick. The Copperbelt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hosts several world class deposits and its exploration potential is considered one of the best in the world.…

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Daniel Carlson on the ‘Holy Grail’ of oil sand companies and the value of water

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July 25, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Daniel Carlson, the CFO for American Sands Energy Corp. (‘AMSE’, OTCBB: AMSE) about their key role in oil sands production as suggested in a recent article by Peter Epstein, who described AMSE as the ‘Holy Grail’ of oil sands companies. Daniel believes that what inspired Peter Epstein…

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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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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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Bearing Resources Grants Stock Options

August 1, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Bearing Resources Ltd. ("Bearing" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:BRZ) reports that the Company has granted an aggregate of 800,000 incentive stock options to the Company's directors and officers (the "Options") at an exercise price of…

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Corridor CEO to Retire

August 1, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Corridor Resources Inc. ("Corridor") (TSX:CDH) announced today that Mr. Phil Knoll intends to step down as President and CEO for personal reasons. A process to hire a successor to Mr. Knoll is underway and the…

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Scientists Develop Pioneering New Spray-On Solar Cells

August 1, 2014 (Source: University of Sheffield) -- A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield is the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity.…

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Alabama Graphite Announces Departure of Director

July 31, 2014 (Source: The Newswire) -- Alabama Graphite Corp. (the “Company”) (TSXV:ALP) (OTCQX:ABGPF) (FRANKFURT: 1AG.F WKN: A1J35M) (ISIN# CA0102931080) announced today that Mr. Wade N. Black has tendered his resignation from the Board of Directors of the Company to focus on other…

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Charging Electric Cars Efficiently Inductive

July 31, 2014 (Source: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft) -- We already charge our toothbrushes and cellphones using contactless technology. Researchers have developed a particularly efficient and cost-effective method that means electric cars could soon follow suit. Cables are fast disappearing from our…

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Search Minerals announces private placement

July 31, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Search Minerals Inc. ("Search" or the "Company") (TSXV: SMY) is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement (the "Financing") pursuant to which the Company will issue up to 40,000,000 units at a price of…

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Gold Drops as Declining U.S. Jobless Claims Cut Demand

July 31, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Gold futures dropped to a six-week low after a government report showed improvement in the U.S. labor market, damping demand for a haven. Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment insurance benefits over the past…

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Tweed Updates Availability of Strains and New Registrations

July 31, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Tweed Marijuana Inc. (TSXV: TWD) ("Tweed" or the "Company"), is pleased to provide an update on its strain availability. On July 30, Norfolk (Bubba Kush) and Buddy (LA Confidential) inventory was added to the…

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Aldrin Announces Exploration Plans on the Anticline Target

July 31, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Aldrin Resource Corp ("Aldrin") (TSX VENTURE:ALN) is preparing for the drill program to follow up the multiple zones of uranium mineralization discovered at our Anticline Target on the Triple M Uranium Property, adjacent to…

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Exploring 3-D Printing to Make Organs for Transplants

July 31, 2014 (Source: American Chemical Society) -- Printing whole new organs for transplants sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the real-life budding technology could one day make actual kidneys, livers, hearts and other organs for patients…

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Panasonic, Tesla to Build Big US Battery Plant

July 31, 2014 (Source: ABC News) -- American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. The companies announced…

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Oil Slips to $106 on Increased Supply, Low Demand

July 31, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Brent crude oil slipped to around $106 a barrel on Thursday as higher OPEC output and disappointing demand in the United States outweighed tensions in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine. OPEC pumped more…

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Agrium Announces Outage at Vanscoy Potash Mine

July 31, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) (NYSE:AGU) confirmed today that its Vanscoy, Saskatchewan, potash mine experienced a mechanical failure on its main hoist system. As a result, production has been shut down at this facility. Due to…

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U.K. Renewables Generated 14.9 Percent of Electricity

July 31, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- U.K. renewable-energy companies provided 14.9 percent of the nation’s electricity last year, the government said, raised the share from 14.8 percent reported in March. The proportion from renewables in 2012 was 11.3 percent, the…
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