Lithium-ion batteries use lithium and graphite — now add some tin to triple capacity

An interesting item this month in The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington. It reports that a team at Washington State University is working on building a better battery for smartphones. Actually, the story first emerged two years ago when some technical journals featured the work of Professor Grant Norton and his team at WSU's School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.…

Levon Resources could benefit from growing Chinese demand for Mexican minerals

Levon Resources (Levon) is a Canadian gold, silver, zinc and lead and precious metals exploration company that is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural resource properties in Canada, Nevada and Mexico. Its flagship is the silver, gold, lead and zinc Cordero project, which is located 220 km south of Chihuahua, Mexico. Levon (TSX: LVN) recently reported that…

University of Colorado study suggests major job loss from proposed fracking ban

Following on from last month’s announcement that Colorado activists are lobbying for a referendum this fall that would allow local municipalities to ban fracking, a new study from the University of Colorado predicts job losses of 93,000, and $12 billion in lost gross domestic product (GDP), if proposed bans on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado become law. The study was based…

The struggle for control of Osisko

Après Osisko, le deluge? Tossing aside my specialty metals hat, I have been tempted to put on my investment banker hat by the free-for-all that is the struggle for control of Osisko (OSK.to). The deal brings back fond memories of the good old days on the mining markets with companies throwing money indiscriminately in an attempt to get control of…

Nuclear energy is China’s weapon of choice to fight pollution

Westinghouse Electric is poised to win more contracts in China for the construction of eight new third-generation AP1000 nuclear reactors. This represents the first major nuclear energy program since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan. China needs to reduce its dependence on coal in order to reduce air pollution, which has reached intolerable levels. If left unaddressed, the government risks…

Baotou — with an eye on WTO appeal — signals tough times ahead for Chinese REE producers

Woody Allen made the now famous quip that, if you want to make God laugh, tell him your future plans. For “future plans“, substitute “rare earth forecasts”. Back in the 2011 frenzy that sent REE prices to the stratosphere, could you have imagined an analyst writing the following in April 2014: “In reporting diabolical first quarter results, the world’s largest…

Lifton & Weslosky Technology Metal Report

On this holiday weekend, I thought I would extend a complimentary viewing of the Lifton & Weslosky Technology Metal Report, a special weekly video that is published on InvestorIntelReport for members every Wednesday. Jack was in Toronto on Wednesday and Thursday, and during lunch he explained that he preferred the term "Intelligence" -- so the name InvestorIntelReport may be a placeholder,…

Putin launches the ‘Gas Wars’

The Ukrainian armed forces’ offensive in eastern Ukraine Kiev continues, but with considerable difficulty. Meanwhile, on the eve of a summit between USA, Russia, Ukraine and the EU - and just as NATO is has announced its own military buildup in Eastern Europe – pro-Russian Ukrainian insurgents have effectively halted the Ukrainian army. The insurgents are maintaining control of most…

New technology for critical metals, agribusiness, nuclear plants, 3-D printing, renewable energy — you name it, Japan’s there

Having spent a few weeks (involuntarily) accompanying various shopping expeditions in Paris, I have become — suddenly — aware of Uniqlo. The crowds of women of all ages lining up at the cash registers at one of its Paris stores attests to the extraordinary success. And I read that staff are allowed just 60 seconds to process each retail transaction. Now this Japanese…

Share interest spurred by Theralase’s state-of-the-art lasers for the treatment of chronic pain

April 15, 2014 -- Roger Dumoulin-White, P. Eng, President and CEO for Theralase Technologies Inc. (‘Theralase’, TSXV: TLT | OTCBB: TLTFF) speaks to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel about Theralase's state-of-the-art patented laser equipment for biostimulative and biodestructive clinical applications to treat chronic pain. Theralase's shares haves been performing well and Roger explains that this should be no…

Solar sceptics may need to reconsider: power from the sun is becoming more economic

Solar power has had some bad press in recent years. The case against it seemed increasingly persuasive: it cost too much: it would never replace fuels (like oil, coal and nuclear) which offered reliable base-load power generation; and even if solar systems could be made more efficient and, helped by better and better storage batteries, to produce reliable electricity even when…

Heartbleed Bug ‘contagion’ creates market malaise

Our last week ended with the rumbling from the confusion that came from disruptive impact of the Heartbleed bug that had online paranoia at an all-time high. In case you have not drilled down through the endless media coverage and analysis on what happened here’s what your computer(s) and various electronics may or may not have caught: “The Heartbleed bug…

China’s new round of rare earths stockpiling to boost prices

Regardless of whether you consider the recently opened Baotou Rare Earths Products Exchange or the rare earth stock exchange, the prices of rare earths in China have gained strength recently, buoyed by the efforts of China’s State Bureau of Material Reserve (SBMR) to proceed with a new round of its rare earth stockpiling plan. The state-run ‘China Securities Journal’ reported,…

Hop Boyd on the real advantage of having the right chemical processing engineer on the job

April 10, 2014 -- Hop Boyd Jr., Chief Manager, Process Engineering Associates LLC (PROCESS) speaks to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel. Hop has been a chemical engineer for many years and he describes his job, in jest, as a "highly educated plumber". Of course, PROCESS does much more than that. It offers process engineering services - as opposed…

Chinese and Apple seek new tin supplies; More room for graphite producers while uranium standstill continues

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While questions remain about the real state of financial affairs in China, and therefore the future demand growth for metals of all types (but particularly the major base metals such as copper, aluminium and zinc), there are quite clear signs that when it comes to the critical technology metals , the potential consumers are taking a great interest in potential…
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Goldcorp’s final offer for Osisko expires

April 23, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- (All Amounts in U.S. dollars unless stated otherwise) GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G) (NYSE: GG) today announced that the minimum tender condition of its offer for all of the issued and outstanding shares of Osisko Mining Corporation…

China’s Cnooc Sells Multibillion-Dollar Bonds

April 23, 2014 (Source: WSJ) -- Investors are lining up for Cnooc Ltd.’s sale of dollar-denominated bonds on Wednesday, placing more than $20 billion in orders for a deal expected to be around $4 billion in size, according to…

Sirona Biochem Announces Collaboration With Magellan BioScience

April 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Sirona Biochem Corp. (TSX VENTURE: SBM) (OTCQX: SRBCF) (FRANKFURT: ZSB) is pleased to announce a collaboration with Magellan BioScience Group, Inc. The goal of the collaboration is to prioritize technologies discovered or identified by Magellan…

China Manufacturing Gauge Signals Economic Weakness

April 23, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- China’s economy has yet to respond to policy makers’ stimulus efforts, an April manufacturing gauge indicated today, helping send the yuan to a 16-month low. The preliminary Purchasing Managers’ Index from HSBC Holdings Plc…

China to open new investor areas

April 23, 2014 (Source The Australian) -- China will launch 80 new pilot projects allowing private investment in areas previously dominated by state-run firms, according to an official media report. The report on Wednesday follows an earlier Communist Party…

Australia’s Slowing Inflation Restrains Rate-Rise Bets: Economy

April 23, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Australia’s core inflation slowed last quarter, sending the currency lower as investors eased bets on the likelihood of an interest-rate increase. The trimmed mean gauge of core prices rose 0.5 percent from the previous…

Solar Fuels: A Grand Challenge of 21st Century Chemistry

April 23, 2014 (Source: National Science Foundation) -- Solar panels are becoming a familiar site in communities across the United States, but what about solar fuels? A solar fuel is produced from sunlight through artificial photosynthesis, mimicking what Mother Nature…

Keystone Allies Say New Delay Aids Push to Bypass Obama

April 23, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) --The Obama administration’s latest Keystone XL delay is having an unintended consequence: the revival of the effort in Congress to circumvent the White House by forcing approval of the project. While a plurality of…

Osisko Intersects 2.85 g/t Au Over 110 Metres at Odyssey North

April 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Osisko Mining Corporation ("Osisko") (TSX:OSK)(FRANKFURT:EWX) is pleased to announce the results of its first drill intersection into the Odyssey North target, located at depth approximately 700 metres east of Jeffrey Zone along the Cadillac-Larder…

Passport Potash Issues Shareholder Letter

April 23, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Passport Potash, Inc. ("Passport" or the "Company") (TSX.V: PPI)(OTCQX: PPRTF) issues the following to its shareholders: Dear Fellow Shareholders, At the beginning of this new fiscal year we thought it would be helpful to…

Quest Announces Election of Directors

April 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX:QRM)(NYSE MKT:QRM) is pleased to announce that all of the nominees listed in its management proxy circular dated March 12, 2014 were re-elected as directors at Quest's annual meeting of…

Profits nosedive for Chinese rare earth miner

April 23, 2014 (Source: Want China Times) -- China Minmetals Rare Earth, a leading miner in the business, posted a drastic decline in net profits in the first quarter of 2014 due to low rare earth prices. The company…
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