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

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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…

Grafoid secures significant partnership with one of the largest companies in Japan — Mitsui Co. Ltd.

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On March 24, Grafoid Inc., part of Focus Graphite (‘Focus’, TSX.V: FMS | OTCQX: FCSMF), announced that it has signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mitsui Co. Ltd.’s ‘Advanced Materials Division’. The agreement provides for the parties to jointly commit to a one-year detailed market feasibility study to identify and evaluate market opportunities for graphene before the formalization of industrial and development projects in Japan. Grafoid has an expanding and pioneering array of graphene developments backed by ventures and intellectual property rights, bringing graphene ever closer to commercial reality such…
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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…

InvestorIntel Officially Launched for Entrepreneurs and Investors

Jack Lifton and Chris Ecclestone on BNN’s Commodities Thursday, April 17, 2014 April 16, 2014 -- Toronto, ON – ProEdge Media Corp., an online media company since 2001, is pleased to announce the official launch of InvestorIntel.com (“InvestorIntel”). InvestorIntel is a leading global investment intelligence news source for the innovative and entrepreneurial minded. Tracy Weslosky, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of InvestorIntel…

5 Reasons Graphene Will Change Your Gadgets Forever

April 16, 2014 (Source: NBC) -- The future of technology could hinge on a single material. The industry is buzzing over the potential of graphene, which is the strongest, slimmest and most malleable material in known existence. Graphene, which is a form of carbon, could change the way our devices look, feel, perform and even interact with our bodies. Here’s…

Graphene – “the wonder material”

April 16, 2014 (Source: Top News AE) -- According to tech-industry experts, Graphene - which is also called "the wonder material" - can revolutionize the electronics industry in the near future. Graphene was discovered 10 years back, and it is the strongest and thinnest material in the world. One of the most noteworthy "wonder" properties of Graphene is that the…

Team Finds Electricity can be Generated by Dragging Saltwater over Graphene

April 16, 2014 (Source: Phys.org) -- A team of researchers at China's Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, studying graphene properties, has discovered that the act of dragging saltwater over a piece of graphene can generate electricity. In their paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the team describes how in seeking to turn the idea of submerging carbon nanotubes in…

Canadian facility will produce graphene powder for 3D printing

April 16, 2014 (Source: Metal Powder) -- Grafoid, a Canadian producer of graphene materials, has signed an agreement with advanced materials manufacturing consultancy Altamat to build an atomisation facility to produce graphene-based powders and filaments for 3D printing. This signals Grafoid’s entrance in to the additive manufacturing (AM) arena. The agreement provides Grafoid with the exclusive global rights to apply…

Valterra Completes Year 1 Option Payments for Bobcaygeon Property and Discusses 2014 Phased Exploration Program

April 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Valterra Resource Corporation ("Valterra" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:VQA) (FRANKFURT:3VA) (reported today that it has paid the cash consideration and issued the share consideration for the earn-in requirement on the Bobcaygeon Graphite property which is now in good standing until December 2014. Since acquisition of the option Valterra has spent approximately $450,000 on exploration and…

Energizer Resources Finalizes Molo Graphite Project Acquisition

April 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Energizer Resources Inc. (TSX:EGZ)(OTCQX:ENZR)(FRANKFURT:YE5) ("Energizer" or the "Company") announces that it has finalized the purchase of the remaining 25% interest in the Molo Graphite Project from joint venture partner Malagasy Minerals Limited ("Malagasy") (ASX:MGY). With the transaction completed, Energizer not only acquires 100% of the flagship Molo Graphite Mine Project Area but also owns a…

Canada Carbon Announces Initial Graphite Purification Process Testing

April 14, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Canada Carbon Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CCB) is pleased to announce that it has begun the initial purification process testing of the Miller Mine graphite material. The Company has sent approximately 50 kg of graphite material to SGS Minerals Services (Lakefield site) for optimization of their upgrading and purification processes. This work will lead to…

Samsung Heats up Wearable Tech Race With Graphene Wafers

April 11, 2014 (Source: The Conversation) -- Samsung has had a mixed relationship with wearable technology to date but an announcement this week may put it ahead of the crowd. The South Korean firm made an early bid on the market with smartwatches but its Galaxy Gear has received tepid reviews. Now it says it has come up with a technique…

‘Miracle material’ graphene one step closer to commercial use

April 10, 2014 (Source: CNN) -- No one ever expected the humble pencil to kickstart a revolution. But, by peeling apart pencil graphite into atom-thick layers using regular adhesive tape, two Russian-born scientists, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, earned a Nobel Prize in 2010. With it, they sparked the beginnings of a material that could change the world. It is…
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