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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. They had come up with the idea to introduce a tin anode rather than a carbon one, so — they hoped — tripling capacity and allowing faster recharging. But it was not a…

Levon Resources could benefit from growing Chinese demand for Mexican minerals

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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 it has completed the fourth phase of drilling at the Cordero property involving 24 core holes testing the Aida claim, located in the middle of the property. Levon has received 14…

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 a scarce asset. And yet there are differences from the good old days and its useful to highlight here what they might be… and what the pressures will be in the…

Out of the trenches Carlisle Goldfields is the right size for Profitability

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Recently we attended a luncheon hosted by Carlisle Goldfields (TSX: CGJ | OTCQX: CGJCF) in the storied Armourer’s Hall in the city of London surrounded by suits of armour hanging from the walls. We did not however have any Damoclean Swords (at least that we could see) hanging over us. I had met Carlisle a couple of years back in an office in midtown Manhattan so the contrast was poignant. The number of gold companies doing presentations has thinned a lot over the last 18 months and so kudos must go…

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

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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 designer of casual wear is planning to launch in Australia, with a target of 100 stores in this country. The Uniqlo phenomenon, and I am assured by the shopper in this…

Heartbleed Bug ‘contagion’ creates market malaise

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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 allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service…

Goldcorp’s total takeover bid of Osisko Mining makes Quebec mining sector the real winner

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Contrary to the expectations of many analysts and Osisko Mining (TSX: OSK), gold industry giant Goldcorp (TSX: G) has decided to increased its hostile takeover bid for the smaller player by CAD$ 1 billion. This means that Goldcorp is officially ready to pay 3.6 billion CAD ​​or 7.65 CAD per share. Evidently, Goldcorp – and its CEO Chuck Jeanne in particular – is confident that taking over Osisko carries considerable benefits for Goldcorp’s earnings per share. Goldcorp’s generosity was stimulated by a competing bid by Yamana Gold (TSX: YRI), which, according…

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

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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 to electrical, mechanical or structural -- from design and to safety services, relying on its over 50 highly qualified, full-time chemical engineers. As a further analogy, Hop describes the typical scenario…

Agribusiness trends upward, Zinc hunt in full force, and ‘Shiny Black Gold’ leads the market

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Let’s enjoy this ride as March is the last month we will have the REE Leaders Index. And for the record, this is the only rare earth index in the world calculated by FTSE. Alas, REEL closed down 9.50%, closing at 284.01 versus the InvestorIntel members – up +2.17%. I was in NYC at John Tumazos Very Independent Research event on Monday, so you’re in luck this week with both the month-in-review for March 2014 and week-in-review ending April 4th, so you can get your gas pedals ready as I Tesla-drive…

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 future sources of supply. (This, too, offset by the fact that even some minor metals are seeing subdued demand and pricing at present, notably with declines in prices being paid for…
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Alexandria Intersects 11.20 g/t Au over 0.90 m at Valdora, Appoints Philippe Berthelot as Vice President of Exploration

April 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Alexandria Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:AZX)(FRANKFURT:A9D) (PINKSHEETS:ALXDF) is pleased to report on the final assay results from the winter's drill program on its Valdora property in Quebec, including high grade results from 3 drill holes in the northern part of the property. Company geologists are interpreting these assay results in conjunction with past assay results as part…

Banks Island Gold Ltd. Intersects 29m of Mineralization 130m Below Current Resource at Tel Zone

April 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Banks Island Gold Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:BOZ) (the "Company") announces that it has received assay results from the Yellow Giant Gold Project located near Prince Rupert, BC. Reported results include diamond drilling completed at the Tel Zone. Drilling at the Tel Zone is focused on testing the down dip continuity of the currently modeled resource…

Mawson Mobilizes Additional Drill Rig to Rajapalot Gold Prospect, Finland

April 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Mawson Resources Limited ("Mawson") or (the "Company") (TSX:MAW)(FRANKFURT:MXR) (PINKSHEETS:MWSNF) provides an update on drill progress at the Rajapalot gold prospect in Northern Finland. Key points: Over the last month, Mawson has completed 120 shallow diamond drill holes for 871.4 metres to test coincident geochemical and geophysical anomalies that lie immediately along strike from the Palokas gold prospect…

Eagle Hill Exploration Purchases Windfall Lake Net Smelter Return Royalties

April 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Eagle Hill Exploration Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EAG)(OTCQX:EHECF) ("Eagle Hill" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into agreements to purchase three net smelter return royalties (each an "NSR") encumbering the Windfall Lake Property. Specifically, Eagle Hill has agreed to acquire two 2% NSRs from Benoit Boudreault ("Boudreault") and a 2% NSR…

Luna Gold Announces Aurizona Exploration & Condemnation Drilling Programs and Drawdown of US$10 Million Sandstorm Debt Facility

April 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Luna Gold Corp. (TSX:LGC) (LMA:LGC) (OTCQX:LGCUF), ("Luna" or the "Company") is pleased to announce a brownfield exploration program ("Brownfield Exploration") at the Aurizona Gold Mine ("Aurizona") in Brazil. The Brownfield Exploration program initially will be funded by drawing down the final US$10 million from its previously announced secured debt facility (the "Sandstorm Debt Facility")…

CME plans to launch physically settled Asia gold futures

April 24, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- CME Group Inc plans to launch a physically deliverable gold futures contract in Asia, three sources familiar with the matter said, as the world's No.1 futures exchange targets rising hedging and investor demand in the top gold-consuming region. An Asian contract from CME could help set a pricing reference for gold futures in Asia, much like its U.S. COMEX gold…

Gold nears $1,300 as Ukraine ups safe-haven demand

April 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwatch) -- Gold futures climbed on Thursday, with prices headed toward $1,300 an ounce as tensions between Ukraine and Russia intensified, buoying the metal’s safe-haven appeal. Support from developments in Ukraine offset earlier pressure from a stronger-than-expected reading on durable-goods orders, which bolstered expectations that economic growth could pick up, suggesting the Federal Reserve will continue…

Red Eagle Mining Continues to Advance the San Ramon Gold Deposit During 2013

April 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Red Eagle Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:RD) (OTCQX:RDEMF) is pleased to announce financial results for the year ending December 31, 2013 and business highlights to date, including advancements at Red Eagle Mining's San Ramon Gold Deposit in Antioquia, Colombia. 2014 work programme: Completion of the permitting process with the Secretary of Mines of Antioquia and Corantioquia;…

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 ("Osisko") was not met by the expiry time of 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 22, 2014.  Accordingly, Goldcorp's offer expired in accordance with its…

Gold Hovers Near 2-1/2 Month Lows On Firm Equities, Fund Outflows

April 23, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold was steady but near its lowest in more than two months on Wednesday, with stronger equities denting the metal's safe-haven appeal and outflows from bullion funds showing weak investor appetite. The metal was also weighed down by U.S. data that showed home prices rose in February and existing home sales were a bit stronger…

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 Lake Fault (CLLF), and approximately 4.5 kilometres from the Canadian Malartic mill complex. Odyssey consists of two zones ("North Odyssey" and…

Osisko Mining Corporation Announces Mailing of Notice of Change to Directors’ Circular in Response to Revised Unsolicited Proposal from Goldcorp Inc.

April 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Osisko Mining Corporation (the "Company" or "Osisko") (TSX:OSK) (FRANKFURT:EWX) today announced that it has filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities a notice of change to the directors' circular (the "Notice of Change") in response to the Revised Goldcorp Offer (as defined herein). The Notice of Change updates information contained in the directors' circular…

Nuinsco Converts Victory Nickel Loan to Direct Interest in Net Cash Flows

April 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Nuinsco Resources Limited ("Nuinsco" or the "Company") (TSX:NWI) and Victory Nickel Inc. ("Victory Nickel") (TSX:NI) today jointly announced that Nuinsco has opted to convert its outstanding loan to Victory Nickel (the "Loan") into a participating interest in net cash flows from Victory Nickel's frac sand business. Victory Nickel recently completed the construction of a…

Gold Near 2-Week Low as U.S. Outlook Weighed With Ukraine

April 22, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Gold fell to the lowest in more than two months in New York as signs of an improving U.S. economy crimped haven demand. Manufacturing in the region covered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in Virginia expanded in April, reinforcing the central bank’s view that the economy is recovering and stimulus cuts are…
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