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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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Flake Graphite, bubble or not, the risk is greater for those betting against

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Australian graphite stocks have experienced a veritable boost in the past few weeks as many more companies have joined the graphite industry in expectation of much higher demand for Lithium-ion batteries (which, despite their name, use more graphite than lithium). Including China, the graphite sector now includes eight countries and there are promising resources being developed in Canada, the USA,…

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The global consequences of China’s higher than expected debt

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China has recorded 250% debt according to Standard Chartered estimates. This figure, which essentially means that debt is 2.5 times greater than the size of its economy, suggests that China has also found it difficult to reconcile growth with ‘bubbles’. The 250% debt figure is not distressing in itself; what has raised economists’ concerns is the speed with which China’s…

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Peak Resources: low development cost, long life mine and high (for Tanzania) hopes of mineral diversity

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In 2012 gold made up 94% of Tanzania's mineral exports. The country is the third largest gold producer in Africa, but now it wants to do more. A report out of Britain this week shows that the country is, by 2018, looking to diversify into other metals. The Business Monitor International report cites coal, nickel and uranium as new areas,…

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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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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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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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Using 3D-Bioprinting for Artificial Bones

July 25, 2014 (Source: Engineering.com) -- 3D-Bioprinting has shown promise not only to rebuild organs, but for producing experimental tissues for drug trials and laboratory testing. This technique uses a patient's own cells bioprinted in the form of a tissues.…

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Antioxidant Biomaterial Promotes Healing

July 25, 2014 (Source: Northwestern University) -- When a foreign material like a medical device or surgical implant is put inside the human body, the body always responds. According to Northwestern’s Guillermo Ameer, most of the time, that response can…

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Minco Gold Announces Sale of the Gold Bull Mountain Project

July 25, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Minco Gold Corporation (TSX:MMM) (NYSE MKT:MGH) (FRANKFURT:MI5) ("Minco Gold" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company's wholly owned subsidiary Minco Mining (China) Co., Ltd has entered into an agreement with a private…

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Russia Raises Rates in Move Seen as Arming for Sanctions

July 25, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- The Russian central bank unexpectedly raised interest rates on Friday, apparently preparing for possible further Western sanctions over Ukraine that could speed up capital flight from Moscow's already battered markets. The 28-nation EU has…

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Britain’s Recovery Pushes Economy Past Pre-Crisis Peak

July 25, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Britain's economy is now bigger than it was before the financial crisis struck six years ago after strong growth in the second quarter that keeps it on track to lead the way among developed…

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Oil Slips below $107 as Ample Supply Outweighs Risk Premium

July 25, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil fell below $107 a barrel on Friday as plentiful supply outweighed concerns over conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine. Brent crude for September delivery traded 18 cents lower at $106.89 a barrel…

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India Gold Imports Seen Cooling In July

July 25, 2014 (Source: WSJ) -- Gold imports by India, the world's No. 2 consumer, are expected to plunge this month after surging in June following a relaxation of import curbs, a senior trade executive said Friday. Imports in July…

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Uranerz Closes US$12 Million Financing

July 25, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Uranerz Energy Corporation ("Uranerz" or the "Company") (TSX:URZ)(NYSE MKT:URZ)(FRANKFURT:U9E) is pleased to announce the closing of its previously announced offering of units (the "Offering"). The Company issued and sold, through a syndicate of agents, 9,600,000…

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Canamax Announces Operations Update and New Credit Facilities

July 25, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Canamax Energy Ltd. ("Canamax" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CAC) is pleased to announce an operations update including current production rates, the results of recently completed capital…

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MYOS Corporation Extends Manufacturing and Supply Agreement for Fortetropin

July 25, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- MYOS Corporation ("MYOS" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: MYOS), an emerging biotherapeutics and bionutrition company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of products that improve muscle health and performance, announced today that it has signed…

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Tinka and Darwin Announce Closing of Arrangement and Private Placement

July 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR DISSEMINATION DIRECTLY, OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES. Tinka Resources Limited ("Tinka") (TSX VENTURE:TK) and…

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China Gold Imports Drop on Weaker Demand, Qingdao Metals Probe

July 24, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- China’s gold imports from Hong Kong fell for a fourth month in June amid weaker demand from retailers and a deepening probe into commodities being used in financing deals. Net imports totaled 36.4 metric…
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