Anaconda: Obscure Object of Desire in Newfoundland

Unusually, a small collection of gold mines in far off Newfoundland is showing the potential to be a fought-over asset. We might compare Anaconda Mining to a Faberge Egg in that it’s a small object that people lust after adding to their collection. Like Faberge Eggs the assets in questions were long overlooked but put together in a collection (as…

Fortunately, no one will get a monopoly on lithium

Lithium, like rare earths, tungsten and several technology metals, has its geopolitical issues. China is not the primary one in this case (as it is with so many others where it dominates production) but it is trying to get involved, and it does control the world’s biggest mine, located in Australia, in partnership with Rockwood of Germany. No, the concern…

Arafura’s Gavin Lockyer on the global rare earth and magnet market

July 29, 2015 — InvestorIntel Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Gavin Lockyer,  Managing Director for Arafura Resources Ltd. (ASX: ARU) on being a key magnet producer for the future with their competitive neodymium supply and the numerous offtake agreements that Arafura has in place. Starting with an update on the rare earth market, they discuss Molycorp, Lynas, and the role…

Anaconda and its Gold Projects are in Play

We have been fans of Anaconda Mining Inc. (TSX: ANX) for some time, and earlier this year put it on our “Takeover Target List”. We soon may have to remove it. The private Plantro Venture Group Ltd. yesterday announced an intention to make a formal cash take-over bid for all Anaconda’s shares, at a price of $0.035 per share. Anaconda’s shares…

Russian scientists plans to present the world’s first artificial human kidney and thyroid gland by 2018

Vladimir Mironov and his bioprinter
3D Bioprinting Solutions, one of Russia’s leading biotechnological laboratories, has officially announced the design of the world's first organ construct of thyroid gland, which took place with use of FABION, Russia’s first bioprinter. According to Vladimir Mironov, head of the laboratory, the new construct is comprised of several types of tissue and has its own vascularization. He has also added…

Uranium Consolidation Continues

InvestorIntel has long been calling for a consolidation in the Athabasca Basin. We took a very public risk with our often-repeated prediction Fission Uranium Corp. would be taken out within 6 months, and that the smaller players would have to unite to survive. The Fission prediction was accurate, on schedule, and in its wake the consolidation of the juniors has…

The Silver Mergers – a Zero Sum Game

For centuries, indeed millennia, churches told their followers, particularly the poor and the meek, that they should not look for a reward for their sufferings in this life, but in a later life. Then in the middle of the 19th century the poor came to their senses and decided that Marx’s description of religion as the opium of the masses…

New Tech, Bubbles and Seair

A while back we looked at new technology that could change the lithium game. New processes, much more efficient and friendly to the environment, can be expected to springboard Pure Energy Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: PE) from exploration to production in record time. That game-changing theme continues with Seair Inc. (TSXV: SDS) and its tiny bubbles. Seair calls its technology SWEET…

Lifton on rare earth recycling the right way

In 2007 I represented SQA, the world’s (now) second largest producer of lithium from brines, to the US OEM automotive industry. And the last meeting I attended between GM and SQA was what is called a “teachable moment” for the case of recycling lithium-ion batteries for automotive propulsion systems. I never for a moment believed in 2007 that General Motors…

Lifton on how its officially Rare Earth Recycling Time

July 22, 2015 – In a very thorough InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Jack Lifton, Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC and Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel discuss a wide range of relevant technology market updates. Jack starts with Molycorp and then gets into the deepening impact of the Chinese on our overall global markets. Reminding our audience…

There are good stories among the rare earth hopefuls

Thank goodness so many rare earth companies have stuck with their plans and decided to tough out during the hard times. We are going to need them, even if most investors at present refuse to acknowledge this. And there are some good stories out there. And thank goodness for InvestorIntel. One REE chief executive to whom I spoke earlier this…

Moly – Damned in Perpetuity?

Mark Anthony in Shakespeare’s words declaimed over the body of Julius Caesar: You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason. Well, may we use the same words to describe the fate of Moly. This once “hot”…

China’s Metal Markets Fear is Everybody’s Worry

The Lynas and ECB Bombshells hit the Markets
What drivers of supply and demand do the rare earths, lithium, graphite, antimony, tungsten, and indeed all of the global markets for technology metals and materials have in common? Among the most comprehensive answers to this question that are important for small investors as well as institutional investors, industrial procurement managers, and governments are: The undeniable fact that China, the…

Why commodities cycles inflict pain (as we are now feeling)

InvestorIntel publisher Tracy Weslosky asked some pertinent questions on my posting Tuesday about low prices not, in the long term, affecting the validity of technology metals stories. In the 24 hours since I wrote that piece, we have seen the Chinese markets tumble further with 51% of A-shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen suspending themselves to avoid the carnage (boy, if…

Global emerging markets and the E*TRADE sell-off deadline?

InvestorIntelReport June 2015: Over the last several years, I have tried to provide you with weekly and monthly updates through InvestorIntelReport, which was previously built off of my series titled H2OCoolerConfessions – but it seems the only writer on the planet that really loves to write this column is me. So today you’re getting a complimentary freebie as our team-mate…

Cannabis industry update on Smith decision, Tweed deal and Tilray layoff

The Canadian cannabis industry is digesting three high profile news items from the past few weeks. Event 1: The Smith decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. Meaning:  legalized medical marijuana consumables. Impact on the industry: highly positive. A new segment of the industry has been created. Event 2: Tweed and Bedrocan, two of the largest participants in this newborn…

Good news for technology metals: renewables are booming

Wind Turbines
In the first quarter of 2015, many clean-tech funds handily outperformed the S&P 500. That from international consulting firm McKinsey & Co. And one more piece of good news: McKinsey estimates that the cost of producing lithium-ion batteries, now about $400 per kilowatt hour, could go as low as $150 by 2020. If the report (Lower oil prices but more…

Beyond cannabis edibles: New patent shows new methodology to deliver smokeless marijuana

On June 11, 2015 insiders to the marijuana industry extolled Canada’s Supreme Court decision to grant access to edibles, a safe and efficient delivery of bioactive cannabinoids which offers new medical applications.  As a consequence we should expect the needs of medical marijuana users to reshape the industry. It is axiomatic that medical marijuana users need new delivery methods, especially…
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China watchdog probes automated trading as stocks slip again

July 31, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- China's securities watchdog is investigating the impact of automated trading on share markets, as authorities step up a crackdown on what they regard as heavy speculative selling that could destabilize the world's second-largest…

The challenge of mining rare-earth materials outside China

July 30, 2015 (Source: American Chemical Society) -- Five years ago, the cost of rare-earth materials that are critical for today’s electronics went through the roof. An export quota set by China, which mines most of the world’s rare…

Stretchable graphene transistors inspired by kirigami

July 30, 2015 (Source: Institute of Physics) -- A stretchable and bendable transistor has been made by researchers in the US by applying the principles of kirigami – the Japanese art of paper cutting – to graphene. The researchers…

IMF board says Fund cannot join Greece bailout talks now: FT

July 30, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- The International Monetary Fund can participate in discussions over the latest financial rescue for Greece but cannot officially join the talks until after the fiscally beleaguered nation has agreed to comprehensive reforms, the…

SciVac Therapeutics Announces Precautionary Recall of Sci-B-Vac

July 30, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- SciVac Therapeutics Inc. ("SciVac" or the "Company") (TSX:VAC)(OTCQX:SVACF) announced today that, following discussions with the Israeli Ministry of Health (the "IMOH"), it is recalling from the market all Sci-B-Vac™ sold by the Company…

Elcora Resources Announces Commencement Of Diamond Drilling

July 29, 2015 (Source: The Newswire) -- Troy Grant, President and CEO of ELCORA RESOURCES CORP. (TSXV:ERA/Frankfurt:ELM), (the "Company" or "Elcora"), is pleased to announce that the company has progressed to advanced underground drilling work to define the known…

Chinese demand for uranium good news for Cameco

July 29, 2015 (Source: The Star Phoenix) -- Growing demand for power in China combined with a new nuclear strategy for developing it could mean increased profits for Saskatchewan uranium producers. "China has a massive demand for power, and…

Contagious Gaming Announces Year End Results for 2015

July 29, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE US OR THROUGH US NEWSWIRE SERVICES Contagious Gaming Inc. (TSX VENTURE: CNS) ("Contagious Gaming" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the financial results for the three months and…

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