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, but moving forward we will be producing this video weekly for publication on our InvestorIntelReport only. And please, for those that are not in love with this formula appreciate that all of…

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 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…

The ‘Great Graphene Breakthrough’ – or what was really in the paper?

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We’ve been inundated with people shrieking about the publication of a possible major breakthrough in the race to make commercial graphene.  For those who have been asleep due to some kind of magic spell and missed it all, graphene is a form of carbon that is basically a gigantic, one-atom thick layer of carbon atoms in a hexagonal array.  It is strong (for a one-atom thick layer, which isn’t saying much), conducts heat and electricity really well (again, for a one-atom thick layer) and is transparent and lightweight (it’s one atom…

Grafoid bench strength deepens with the addition of strategic advisor Thomas H. Cruikshank

Thomas Cruikshank
Grafoid Inc., part of Focus Graphite (‘Focus’, TSXV: FMS | OTCQX: FCSMF) has appointed Mr. Thomas H. Cruikshank, the former Chairman and CEO of Halliburton, as Strategic Advisor. This the third major strategic announcement to come out of Grafoid in less than a month after they announced forming a partnership with Mitsui Co. - one of the largest and influential Japanese trading houses – and signing an agreement with Altamat to adopt its proprietary 3D printing technology. As a CEO of Halliburton, Mr. Cruikshank would have had to manage large infrastructure,…

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

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…

Grafoid and Altamat to develop mass market graphene based 3D printable powders

Focus Graphite Inc. (‘Focus’, FMS: TSX.V; FCSMF: OTCQX; FKC: FSE) is ever closer to bringing graphene to the mass market through its partner Grafoid Inc in which it has a 40% stake in. In the past few weeks, Grafoid has announced a series of important deals aiming at bringing graphene to the mass market. Yesterday, Grafoid Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with Altamat Inc. for the construction of an atomization facility to produce MesoGraf™ (Mesograf) graphene-based powders and filaments for 3D printing. It was only last week, meanwhile, that…

Overbought private placement deal boosts investor confidence in Mason Graphite

There has been much speculation surrounding the trading halt for Mason Graphite Inc. ("Mason", TSX.V: LLG | OTCQX: MGPHF). It is not unusual for a company to halt trading for a few hours, maybe a day, so the two day halt provoked much speculation as to the reason. Normally, halts last a few hours. Nevertheless, the speculation tended toward a favorable kind of news, given Mason’s recent achievements and their formal entry into the high technology world of graphene through their alliance with NanoXplore. Today, Mason revealed that the trading halt…

Triton’s Balama North graphite project potential is positioned to be leader

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April 3, 2014 -- Brad Boyle, Managing Director for Triton Minerals Limited (‘Triton’, ASX: TON), speaks to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, about the Balama North graphite project in Mozambique. Brad starts by noting that since the beginning of 2014, Triton has achieved an “inferred resource on the Cobra Plains prospect and turn that into 103 million tons deposit with an average grade of 5.5%, which is pretty exciting for us because that wasn’t our primary target; that was just the tail end of where we were primarily looking,…

From steel to graphene, Mason is one of the ‘best rounded’ companies in the graphite sector

Mason Graphite Inc. ("Mason", TSX.V: LLG | OTCQX: MGPHF) is proving to be one of the most attractive companies in the entire graphite sector. Mason delivered a strong Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) in April 2013. Its highlights included a 22-year mine life with an over 96% rate of graphite recovery and the potential to deliver grades well in excess of 96%. Moreover, in September 2013, Mason showed that it can achieve extremely high purity levels – up to 99.9% graphitic carbon content - in response to new industrial applications, using traditional…
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Saint Jean Files NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Walker Graphite Property in Quebec

April 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Saint Jean Carbon Inc. ("Saint Jean" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SJL) is pleased to report that it has filed a National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") technical report describing the exploration work and graphite potential related to the Walker graphite property. The independent technical report, entitled "Technical Report on the Walker Graphite Property, Buckingham Township, Quebec,…

Canada Carbon Completes Deal with Quarry Operator

April 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Canada Carbon Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CCB) is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement related to the preparation of the graphite mineralization before shipping it for purification. An agreement between Canada Carbon and Uniroc Construction ("Uniroc") has been reached for the crushing of material from its Miller Property. Uniroc is a concrete…

Making Graphene Work For Real-World Devices

April 24, 2014 (Source: National Science Foundation) -- Graphene, a one-atom-thick form of the carbon material graphite, has been hailed as a wonder material--strong, light, nearly transparent and an excellent conductor of electricity and heat--and it very well may be. But a number of practical challenges must be overcome before it can emerge as a replacement for silicon and other materials…

Graphite One Samples Yield High Purity Of 99.99% Carbon From Second Series Of Beneficiation Tests

April 24, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (GPH: TSX-V, GPHOF: OTCQX) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the following significant results from a second series of beneficiation tests conducted at SGS Canada Inc. ("Lakefield") on samples from its 100% owned Graphite Creek Deposit. Trials using a leaching process yielded results exceeding 99.9 per cent Carbon…

Lomiko Metals Begins Trading on OTCQX®

April 24, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM), operator of Open, Transparent and Connected financial marketplaces, today announced that Lomiko Metals Inc. (TSX-V: LMR; OTCQX: LMRMF), a Canada-based company, has been approved to trade on OTCQX®,the best marketplace with qualified companies. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110118/MM31963LOGO ) Lomiko begins trading today on OTCQX under the symbol "LMRMF." U.S. investors can…

Assays Confirm High Grade Graphite Mineralization at Neuron Graphite Project

April 23, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Callinex Mines (TSX.V-CNX) (OTCQX-CLLXF) is pleased to announce that assays have confirmed high-grade graphite mineralization in samples from the first two diamond drill holes at its Neuron Graphite property in Northern Manitoba near Thompson. Carbon graphite grades of 10.88% have been measured over multiple sections of mineralization, including a 14.5 meter section of mineralization, beginning…

Graphene and carbon nanotube ultracapacitors boast high performance and low cost

April 23, 2014 (Source: Tech Times) -- U.S. researchers say they've used carbon structures just one atom thick to develop high-performance, low-cost energy-storing ultracapacitors. Combining two different carbon nanostructures possessing complementary properties -- single-walled nanotubes and graphene flakes -- yielded capacitors capable of containing large quantities of energy that can be quickly released to provide a power surge, the researchers…

Canada Carbon Closes $825,000 Flow-Through Financing

April 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Canada Carbon Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CCB) announces it has closed a non-brokered private placement (the "Private Placement") which raised gross proceeds of $825,000. Specifically, the Company issued 4,125,000 flow-through units ("Units") at a price of $0.20 per Unit. Each Unit is comprised of one common share in the capital stock of the Company, to…

Graphene from lab to kitchen, ‘wonder’ nanomaterial

April 22, 2014 (Source: Korea Herald) -- Graphene has been touted as a wonder material ― the world’s thinnest substance, but super-strong. Now scientists say it is so easy to make you could produce some in your kitchen. Thus far, graphene has proven elusively hard to manufacture on an industrial scale. Methods have required a choice between high quality graphene…

Simple Way to Mass Produce Graphene Found

April 21, 2014 (Source: Austrian Tribune) -- Jonathan Coleman and team of Trinity College Dublin in Ireland have done fabulous work by coming up with a way to mass produce the unique material graphene. Wonder material graphene could now be made with just soap and blender. Pure graphene, the sheet of carbon just one atom thick, is considered to be…

Tesla says gigafactory will source only North American materials

April 21, 2014 (Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal) -- Tesla Motors Inc. said it will use only minerals from North America to build the lithium-ion batteries built in its planned $5 billion gigafactory,  Bloomberg reported. The company said it won't use overseas sources for materials like cobalt, lithium and graphite so that it can minimize the environmental impact of the batteries. The move comes…

NXA Inc. Signs Letter of Intent for Proposed Business Combination With Ontario Graphite Ltd.

April 17, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NXA INC. ("NXA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NXI.H) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of intent (the "LOI") dated April 16, 2014 to complete a business combination with Ontario Graphite Ltd. ("OGL"). OGL is a privately owned Canadian mining company incorporated under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) and committed to…
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