The Global Technology Metals Markets: A Conference Primer

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InvestorIntel is starting a regular series of summits in Toronto beginning on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 designed to allow individuals as well as institutions to identify and highlight the metrics for investing in the production of natural resources. Speakers, company presentations, and panels will focus on the results of the application of those metrics in order to allow you, the listener, to select the most probable success stories among new ventures. This first conference is entitled “The Technology Metals Markets,” and I’d like to tell you why I think it’s an important event…

Lifton on Chinese directed markets

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My friends and colleagues have lately begun to ask me “Are the Chinese dumping rare earth surpluses in order to depress prices and retain control of the rare earths supply chain? The answer to this question that I propose seems to confuse most people. I tell them that the answer depends on what you mean by “the Chinese.” If, by “the Chinese” you mean a purposeful plan organized and operated by either the government, i.e., for example, the Ministry of Commerce or by the government sponsored  Association of Chinese Rare Earth…

One more hurdle for rare earths — China’s dramatic devaluation

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"Today China is the largest commercial consumer of commodities, just as America was in the late 1920s, and her slowing economy is putting downward pressure on commodity prices, pushing up the purchasing power of money of the other major currencies. Put another way, falling energy and commodity prices in yuan are forcing deflation upon the rest of us." So this week writes Alasdair Macleod, for 27 years a broker in the City of London and now running his own website on gold as money, which is widely followed and quoted. I’ll…

Uranium, Marijuana and The Walking Dead

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One of the recurring commentaries from market participants is that there are too many small public companies chasing the same investment dollars, whether from financings or in the secondary markets. Some of those companies are on financial life support, wasting limited resources better used by other members of the community. InvestorIntel's Global Analyst Christopher Ecclestone cites a Tony Simon study in a commentary titled Toronto Venture Exchange nears an ‘Event Horizon’ where it's calculated that the total working capital of just the mining industry's “zombies” is negative $2-billion, even though they claim to have…

America has to help China get cracking on battery vehicles: report

You can give them batteries, but will they use them on the road? So far, the progress in both China and the United States in adopting battery electric vehicles has been less than stellar. And that’s the opinion of the United States Energy Security Council which has recently completed a report on how the two countries can collaborate on using new technologies to clean up vehicle emissions. The section that concerns us here is that on vehicle electrification because it has enormous implications for technology metals — especially lithium, the rare earth…

Resource benefit sharing to address poverty in First Nations – just not enough.

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We need effective mechanisms for sharing the benefits of natural resources to redress the extreme poverty of Canada’s aboriginals. This is a graffiti I photographed off a doorframe in the Pikangikum First Nation in Northwestern Ontario in 2001. Peering through the window of my hotel room, I saw dopy-eyed ten-year-old kids sniffing gasoline out of grocery bags. It was one of the saddest thing I’ve seen in my life. That year the Pikangikum reserve, a community of 2000, had the highest suicide rate per capita in the western world. MacLean’s magazine…

If you know where the cash is, go get it!

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All companies need cash to survive, whether to pay the researcher working on the latest anti-cancer drugs, the geologist in the field, the lawyer in the boardroom or the regulators. To get that cash into the company, a company must do a financing or earn revenue by selling assets. R&D companies and the junior mining companies have a lot of overlap, including blue-sky promise, a high risk of failure, a need for government support by way of tax credits, and a lack of revenue. At some point, though, the company has…

Critical Metals: The West is sleepwalking to its economic decline

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Anne-Marie Brady, professor at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, specializes in China, and has since 2008 been researching Chinese interests in the polar regions. Some time ago she saw on a Chinese website a map of Antarctica’s mineral resources. After she revealed her find, the map was swiftly removed. She will in October be delivering a lecture on the subject of “China as Polar Great Power”, which is also the title of her forthcoming book. She says…

Fortunately, no one will get a monopoly on lithium

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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 is more about Bolivia and Chile. Perhaps concern is a little strong; it might be better to say, however, that it is in the interests of the developed, manufacturing countries, to…

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

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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 that the new development is designed for the implantation to test animals, however by 2018 scientists hope to complete the design of its analogue, that will be suitable for human transplantation.…
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News Releases & Media

Northern Graphite Corporate Update and Market Commentary-August, 2015

August 25, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Northern Graphite Corporation (TSX VENTURE:NGC)(OTCQX:NGPHF) - The Graphite Market Like most commodities, graphite prices continue to languish in the face of a strong US dollar, the slowdown in China and the lack of economic growth in the US/Europe/Japan, particularly as it relates to the steel industry. Prices are currently in the order of US$1,150/t for…

Laser-burned graphene gains metallic powers

August 21, 2015 (Source: Rice University) -- Rice University chemists who developed a unique form of graphene have found a way to embed metallic nanoparticles that turn the material into a useful catalyst for fuel cells and other applications. Laser-induced graphene, created by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour last year, is a flexible film with a surface of porous…

Graphite One Announces Financing

August 20, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GPH)(OTCQX:GPHOF) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") is pleased to announce it intends to complete a non-brokered private placement offering (the "Offering") to raise gross proceeds of up to $500,000. The Company plans to issue up to 6.25 million units (the "Units") at a price of C$0.08 per Unit. Each Unit consists…

Alabama Graphite Corp. Provides Clarification

August 17, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Alabama Graphite Corp. ("Alabama Graphite" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ALP) (OTCQX:ABGPF) (FRANKFURT:1AG) announces that at the request of IIROC, the Company is providing the following clarification in respect of certain disclosures contained in the Company's news release issued August 13, 2015. While the Company is currently working diligently to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment in respect…

How Tiny Ribbons of Graphene Could Power a Faster Transistor

August 14, 2015 (Source: MIT) -- A new way to make ultrathin ribbons of graphene could give the promising electronic material the edge it needs to finally become practical for use in digital processing on computer chips. Researchers have shown that they can grow the nanoribbons, a geometry that is crucial if the material is to made into high-performing transistors, directly…

Alabama Graphite Corp. Announces the Appointment of Graphite Industry Expert George C. Hawley as Senior Technical Advisor and Chairman of Technical Advisory Board

August 13, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Developing Value-Added Graphite Products to Meet the Demands of the Burgeoning Lithium-ion and Grid-Storage Battery Industries Alabama Graphite Corp. ("AGC" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ALP)(OTCQX:ABGPF)(FRANKFURT:1AG) is pleased to announce the appointment of George C. Hawley as Senior Technical Advisor and Chairman of the Company's Technical Advisory Board. A leading international industrial minerals expert, specializing in the…

Zenyatta Ventures and Ballard Power Collaborate on Fuel Cell Technology Related to Energy Storage; Testing by Ballard on Albany Graphite Exhibited High Thermal and Corrosion Resistance Properties

August 12, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. ("Zenyatta" or "Company") (TSX VENTURE: ZEN)(OTCQX: ZENYF) is pleased to announce that it plans to collaborate with Ballard Power Systems Inc. ("Ballard") (TSX: BLD) on high purity graphite required in components of fuel cell technology. A first step screening process on Zenyatta's Albany graphite confirmed its suitability for use in the bipolar…

Zenyatta Ventures; Announces Closing of $2.1 M Non-Brokered Private Placement

August 12, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. ("Zenyatta" or "Company") (TSX VENTURE: ZEN) (OTCQX: ZENYF) has closed the non-brokered private placement financing announced on July 28, 2015 for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $2,112,500 (the "Offering"). The Offering consisted of the sale of 1,690,000 Units at $1.25 per Unit. Each Unit consists of one Common Share and one-half…

Research underway on graphene-based camoflage

August 12, 2015 (Source: UPI) -- Saab AB reports it is researching the possible use of graphene in camouflage. Graphene, a sheet of latticed carbon just one atom thick, is a million times thinner than a human hair yet 200 times stronger than steel. When used either alone or with other materials graphene could help create new products and disruptive technologies…

Zenyatta Ventures Announces Full Allocation of $2.0 M Non-Brokered Private Placement

August 7, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. ("Zenyatta" or "Company") (TSX VENTURE: ZEN) is pleased to announce that it has fully allocated the non-brokered private placement financing for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $2.0 million (the "Offering") announced on July 28, 2015. The Offering will consist of the sale of Units at $1.25 per Unit. Each Unit will consist…

Plans to develop 3D-printed graphene batteries

August 6, 2015 (Source: Manchester Metropolitan University) -- LONGER-lasting batteries could be 3D printed from graphene ink to tackle rising demand for energy storage products in household devices or renewable energy systems. Professor Craig Banks is leading the new project to develop a desktop printer to create batteries, supercapacitors and energy storage devices for phones or tablets, and solar, wind and wave…

Graphene drives potential for the next-generation of fuel-efficient cars

August 4, 2015 (Source: The University of Manchester) -- Graphene could lead to greener more fuel efficient cars in the future by converting heat into electricity. Harvesting heat produced by a car’s engine which would otherwise be wasted and using it to recharge the car’s batteries or powering the air-conditioning system could be a significant feature in the next generation of…

From cameras to computers, new material could change how we work and play

August 3, 2015 (Source: Northeastern University) -- Serendipity has as much a place in sci­ence as in love. That’s what North­eastern physi­cists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar found during their four-​​year project to modify graphene, a stronger-​​than-​​steel infin­i­tes­i­mally thin lat­tice of tightly packed carbon atoms. Pri­marily funded by the Army Research Lab­o­ra­tory and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, the researchers…
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