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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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Graphite investors very confident in Triton Minerals ultimate success

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Triton Minerals (ASX: TON) published exceptional results from the Nicanda Hill prospect at its Balama North graphite project in Mozambique last May. Triton’s property sits adjacent to Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite deposit, which is said to be the world’s largest. One of the highlights is a 220 meters long continuous mineralization, which promise even larger exploration targets than at first…

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TRER’s Anthony Marchese talks Molycorp, Jack Lifton and on Round Top’s Heavy Rare Earth Project

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July 18, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Investor Intel speaks to Anthony Marchese, Chairman of Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (‘TRER’, OTCQX: TRER) about the state of Molycorp as well as TRER’s world class deposit (including beryllium and a 70% heavy rare earth concentration)  with outstanding infrastructure in Texas at the Round Top rare earth minerals project.…

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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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Seair’s water technology the ultimate water app for the resource sector

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Seair’s water technology: the ultimate water app for oil and gas, mining, water desalination, pulp and paper industries Seair Inc. (TSXV: SDS) is an Alberta cleantech company with its technology in operation in various sectors and with proven and commercialized technologies for gas-based water treatment: the technology put gases into liquids more effectively and with lower costs than other system…

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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’s debt soars to 250% of GDP

July 22, 2014 (Source: CNBC) -- China's debt has soared to two and a half times its economy, Standard Chartered estimates, highlighting the difficulties Beijing faces in balancing growth with the risk of bubbles forming in its economy. Total financial credit…

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Strong demand for biotech

July 22, 2014 (Source: The Australian) -- Biotech firm Orthocell has joined the long queue to list on the ASX, closing its $8 million IPO after strong demand. Orthocell, which develops treatments for a variety of tendon, cartilage and soft tissue…

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Chow from a 3-D Printer? Natick Researchers are Working on It

July 22, 2014 (Source: NSRDEC) -- Army researchers are investigating ways to incorporate 3-D printing technology into producing food for Soldiers. The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's, or NSRDEC's, Lauren Oleksyk is a food technologist investigating 3-D…

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Gold Futures Poised to Decline on Interest-Rate Outlook

July 22, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Gold futures fell for the second time in three sessions on speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise U.S. interest rates sooner than forecast, crimping demand for the precious metal as an alternative investment.…

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SunEdison to Provide Solar Electricity to Southern Nevada Water

July 22, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- SunEdison Inc. (SUNE), the best-performing solar company this year, agreed to provide electricity to Southern Nevada Water Authority under a 20-year power-purchase contract. As part of the deal, SunEdison will build and operate a 14-megawatt…

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Britain Should Privatize Onshore Oil And Gas Deposits: Kemp

July 22, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil and gas taxation has become a major source of conflict between producers and Britain's tax authorities. But like other indirect taxes, the amount of attention oil and gas taxes draw is out of…

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Wall Street Up On Data, Mixed Earnings

July 22, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as inflation data was seen keeping the Federal Reserve in an equities-friendly tone, while hopes rose for an easing of tensions in Ukraine. Mixed earnings have been pouring in…

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Atlanta Gold To Commence Testing of its Gravity Recovery System

July 22, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Atlanta Gold Inc. (TSXV: ATG; OTCQX: ATLDF) (the "Company") has purchased process equipment to begin the assembly of the gravity recovery system as described in the Company's June 10, 2014 news release. The Company now…

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Interest in Riskier Currency Bonds Stirred, Not Shaken

July 22, 2014 (Source: WSJ) -- Some of the highest-yielding bonds in emerging markets, debt denominated in local currencies, are rallying despite rising jitters over these fast-growing countries. While investors have long been snapping up safer debt sold in…

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Japan Government Trims Economic Growth Estimate For This Year

July 22, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Japan's government slightly lowered its growth forecast for the current fiscal year due to sluggish exports and a drop in demand after the April sales-tax hike, but the forecasts were largely in line with the…

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Ames Lab Scientist Hopes to Improve Rare Earth Purification Process

July 22, 2014 (Source: ORNL) -- Using the second fastest supercomputer in the world, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is attempting to develop a more efficient process for purifying rare-earth materials. Dr. Nuwan De Silva, a postdoctoral…

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Self-Cooling Solar Cells Boost Power, Last Longer

July 22, 2014 (Source: The Optical Society) -- Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica…

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Green energy is the way forward, says economist Adrian Blundell-Wignall

July 22, 2014 (Source: SMH) -- Australia’s public and private sectors should be teaming up in renewable energy projects to drive the diversification away from mining exports, according to Australian economist Adrian Blundell-Wignall. Mr Blundell-Wignall, who is special advisor on…

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Kane Biotech Inc.: Health Canada Approves DispersinB for Human Use

July 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Kane Biotech Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KNE), a biotechnology company engaged in the development and commercialization of products that prevent and remove microbial biofilms, is pleased to announce it has obtained Health Canada's Natural Health Products Directorate…

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Renewable Energy is Ready to Supply All of Australia’s Electricity

July 22, 2014 (Source: The Conversation) -- In a recent article on The Conversation, University of Melbourne Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins wrote that Australia’s targets to increase renewable energy will make electricity more expensive, thanks to problems with consistency and storage.…

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Pretivm to File Preliminary Prospectus Supplement

July 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX:PVG)(NYSE:PVG) ("Pretivm" or the "Company") announced today that it intends to file a preliminary prospectus supplement dated July 21, 2014 (the "Supplement") to its short form base shelf prospectus dated July 16,…
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