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Dr. Duchesne responds to media frenzy on fish sperm for rare earths

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Note from the Publisher: Dr. Luc Duchesne was asked to respond to the wide ranging coverage this month from Newsweek to the Smithsonian Magazine that claim fish sperm may hold the secret to both the recycling and extraction of rare earths. Fish sperm to extract rare earth elements: first come first serve for flowsheet integration In December 2004 a group of Japanese scientists demonstrated that salmon sperm DNA can be used to purify some rare earth elements more particularly for heavy the heavy rare earths Thulium, Ytterbium, and Lutetium. The discovery begat a pregnant hiatus…

Lifton on Molycorp rumors and ‘zombie’ investors

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Molycorp, a symbol of the great awakening of Rare Earths in the American domestic market, has now run into a perfect storm of “bad stuff” that threatens to potentially blast the cause of Rare Earths production back by a decade rather than expedite Western independence from Chinese dominance. In retrospect we can say that the very foreseeable consequence of globalization of Western economies, and expediency in the assessment of what minerals are deemed strategic, has been this sorry pass. The main losers will be the domestic economy and the strategic interests of the US…

China to end rare earth export tariffs in May 2015 and replace with more stringent global control methods

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The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said Wednesday (January 21th) that the Chinese government has decided to end rare earth export tariffs in May 2th, 2015. The MOFCOM also stressed that the cancellation of the export quota system was a trade policy choice. This decision allows better co-ordination of resources with both domestic and international markets and was designed to comply with the WTO rules. “Upon the approval of the State Council, China's cabinet, the Ministry of Commerce decides to abolish the export quota system for rare earth effective January 1, 2015, as well as…

Tasman – Taking the Rare Earth High Road.

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It is said that Michelangelo had the ability to see a large block of raw marble and view the eventual statue as something akin to a figure “trapped inside the stone” that only needed his hammer and chisel to set it free. The hot off-the-press PFS on the Norra Karr project reminds us of that block of marble with a David trapped inside yearning to be set free. While most about them are cowering in the fall-out shelters waiting for the nuclear winter in the REE space to end, Tasman Metals Ltd.…

Can Innovation in Energy Metals Rescue Us From Secular Stagnation?

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The unprecedented response of Central Banks to stimulate growth in the wake of the Great Recession has been unlike any before it in history. Trillions of dollars worth of liquidity was pumped into the global financial system in hopes to stimulate aggregate demand and growth rates. In the United States alone, the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve has ballooned from $700 billion to well over $4 trillion and the debate rages around what we have to show for it. Clearly, the Swiss National Bank saw the writing on the wall…

Niocorp publishes encouraging results for the United States’ only primary niobium deposit

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NioCorp Developments Ltd. (“Niocorp”, TSXV: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF) announced the final assay results from the third phase of its drilling program at Elk Creek, Nebraska. Elk Creek is rich in barium, rare earth element mineralization and especially high grade concentrations of niobium (formerly known as columbium), a rare metal that is the focus of the project. On January 19, Niocorp published the final results from the third and final phase III of the 2014 drilling program at its Elk Creek project in Nebraska, in preparation for the release of its…

Why you never put “Great” in your company name.

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The Oxford Dictionary has this to say: glacial Line breaks: gla|cial Pronunciation: /ˈɡleɪsɪəl  , -ʃ(ə)l/ Definition of glacial in English: Synonyms Extremely slow (like the movement of a glacier): ‘an official described progress in the talks as glacial’ First Mover Disadvantage? Back in the dim distant past when Molycorp was the bizarrely named subsidiary of a major company and out of the public eye, back when Avalon’s main project was tin in Nova Scotia (smirk) and when most of the rest of the Rare Earth crowd were not even a…

Gold rallies thanks to tailwind from Swiss Central Bank

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InvestorIntelReport: Last year on November 30th, Switzerland held a referendum that could have, for all practical purposes, restored something akin to the gold standard, potentially allowing for gold prices to soar. The referendum did not pass; however, last week, the Swiss government played another wild card, suddenly deciding to de-peg the value of the Swiss Franc (CHF) from the Euro. The move essentially removed the CHF from the control of the Swiss central Bank, which, in expectation that ‘bulls’ would prevail, reduced interest rates allowing for market forces alone to account…

Berry’s 2015 forecast calls for lithium and cobalt to have a very good year

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January 16, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Chris Berry, Co-Editor of the Disruptive Discoveries Journal and Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel on how the resource market is officially at the bottom, and shares his forecasts for 2015. Tracy Weslosky: Chris I want to start by talking to you about your forecast for 2015. If you wouldn't mind could you talk to us about what we should anticipate as investors and the resources that maybe we should focus on? Chris Berry: Sure. I think that the resource…

China to strengthen control of rare earths in 2015

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Earlier this week, on January 13th -- the principal of the Department of Treaty and Law of Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) gave a speech on China's cancellation of export quotas on rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum. The principal said that the adjustment of China's exports policy was designed to cooperate with the country’s reform on management of related resource products, including rare earths and to  respond to the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. The principal pointed out that the government has constantly adopted a series of measures to strengthen and improve the…

Lifton on could Molycorp survive a delisting

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A Requiem for a Light Weight: It’s becoming difficult to imagine a situation in which the NYSE doesn’t delist Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) in May of this year. To be or to remain listed on the “big board” a stock must have a selling price of not less than a dollar for 30 contiguous trading days in the previous six months. Since November 28, 2014, MCP has been below a dollar and seems to have not yet as of this writing to have found a floor price. To understand the pressure on MCP…

MDN poised to take advantage of higher than expected niobium demand

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MDN Inc. (‘MDN’, TSX: MDN) is one of the very few North American companies targeting niobium production. Last August, MDN started exploration at its 100% owned Samaqua property, in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean area of Quebec, due to its physical proximity to the Crevier niobium and tantalum project (72.5% owned by MDN and 27.5% by Niobec Inc., a subsidiary of Iamgold Corp.). Niobium, formerly known as columbium, is not technically a rare metal, as its atomic number falls outside the boundaries of the lanthanides; however, it is rare and most of it (over…

Neometals’ on lithium, vanadium and building a better battery

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January 13, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Christopher Reed, Managing Director for Neometals Ltd. (ASX: NMT) InvestorIntel discuss their core focus towards the development of their lithium, vanadium and battery technology Tracy Weslosky: I'm very pleased to have an opportunity to speak with you ever since I first read Christopher Ecclestone's analysis of what was Reed Resources, but, of course you've changed your name. Chris Reed: Yeah. Look, that's correct. We've changed our name to NeoMetals. New metals, lithium to titanium to really reflect…

Lifton sets Dresner of the Washington Post straight on the Chinese business model and American sustainability

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The Virtual Reality in which Academics, Who have Low Experience of Ordinary Business Operations and Practices and an Extraordinarily High Opinion of Economic Theories -- Live First of all, please read the following conclusion of a recent article in the Washington Post by a credentialed expert in economics: “So, in other words, China’s 2010 rare earth gambit resulted in an adverse WTO judgment and a market response that caused prices to fall and badly eroded China’s market dominance of rare earths. China acquiescing to the WTO judgment suddenly seems like less…
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Rare-Earth Miner Molycorp Said to Hire Adviser on Debt

January 22, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Molycorp Inc. (MCP), a mining company whose market valuation has fallen to $93 million from more than $6 billion in 2011, hired law firm Jones Day for advice on debt restructuring, a person familiar with the situation said. The person asked not to be named because the matter hasn’t been publicly disclosed. Jim Sims,…

Geodex Minerals Ltd.: Board Changes

January 21, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Geodex Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GXM) (FRANKFURT:G2W), (the "Company" or "Geodex") announces the resignation of Mr. David Buckle as a director of the company. The company would like to thank David for his many years of service to the company as a director. About Geodex Geodex is a mineral resource company focused on critical metal…

Geomega Resources Inc.: 600 meters Gold Vector Confirmed by Drilling on Anik

January 20, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Highlights of this news release: 5 meters grading 1 g/t Au under Bobby showing 1 meter grading 2.83 g/t Au and 3 meters grading 1.24 g/t Au in Orbi showing extension 1 meter grading 4.30 g/t Au between the Orbi and Bobby showings Geomega Resources Inc. ("GéoMégA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:GMA) announces the first…

Stria Lithium Updates Its Novel, Environmentally Sustainable Lithium Processing Technologies

January 19, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Stria Lithium Inc. (TXS VENTURE:SRA) ("Stria" or the "Company") is pleased to report the following update on its proprietary, environmentally sustainable lithium ore processing technologies and the extension of its non-brokered private placement until February 2nd. Market Outlook The Energy Storage sector is growing substantially faster than the Electrical Vehicle (EV) battery sector. According…

NioCorp Announces Final Phase III Drilling Results-Over 300 Meters Grading 0.98% Nb2O5

January 19, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce final assay results from its Phase III drilling program and advancement operations in Elk Creek, Nebraska. The final analytical results have been received from drillholes NEC14-020, NEC14-021, NEC14-022 and NEC14-023. All four of these drillholes were drilled through the resource, along southwest…

NioCorp Developments Ltd.: Shareholder Report, 2014

January 18, 2015 (Source: NioCorp Developments) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") is pleased to provide the following report to shareholders on 2014 corporate developments: In January of 2014, the Company provided guidance for the goals we were looking to achieve in the year ahead.  Commencing in early 2014, we embarked on an aggressive plan to meet those goals. …

NioCorp Receives Receipt for Final Short Form Prospectus

January 15, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWS WIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce that it has filed and obtained a receipt (the "Receipt") from the British Columbia Securities Commission for a Final Short Form Prospectus dated January 14, 2015.…

Newsweek story on fish sperm for rare earth extraction

I just picked up the phone and called Jack Lifton and asked him --- to reply to this utterly ridiculous series of media posts on the use of fish sperm for rare earths extraction. We were immediately amused by the challenges innate with the extraction of the fish sperm....on that note -- here is the first few paragraphs from NEWSWEEK titled:…

Largo Provides Operational Update

January 15, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Largo Resources Ltd. ("Largo" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an operational update for its Maracas Menchen Mine ("the Maracas Mine") in Bahia, Brazil. To date, a total of approximately 1,140 tonnes (2.5 million lbs) has been shipped from the Maracas Mine. This represents an increase of approximately 408 shipped tonnes (.9 million…

Midland and Its Partners Are Starting Over 10,000 Metres of Drilling in the Abitibi

January 15, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Midland Exploration Inc. ("Midland") (TSX VENTURE:MD) is pleased to provide an update on its various ongoing exploration activities across Quebec. Over the past few years, Midland has concluded several partnerships including agreements with Teck Resources Limited ("Teck"), SOQUEM INC. ("SOQUEM"), Agnico Eagle Mines Limited ("Agnico Eagle"), Sphinx Resources Limited ("Sphinx"), and Japan Oil, Gas…

U3O8 Corp. looks ahead at 2015

January 15, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- U3O8 Corp. (TSX: UWE, OTCQX:  UWEFF, SSE:  UWE), a Canadian-based company focused on exploration and development of uranium and associated commodities in South America, provides an outlook for the company in 2015. U3O8 Corp. plans to continue to build value through: Showing resource growth potential – the preliminary economic assessment ("PEA") completed on the Laguna…

Ucore Engages Ausenco for Preparation of Feasibility Study for Bokan Project

January 14, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:UCU)(OTCQX:UURAF) ("Ucore" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has contracted a third party engineering firm to complete a Feasibility Study ("FS") on the Company's flagship Bokan-Dotson Ridge Project located in Southeast Alaska ("Bokan"). The contract has been awarded to Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. of Vancouver, BC…

Medallion Closes Second Tranche of $250,000 Private Placement

January 14, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Medallion Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:MDL)(OTCQB:MLLOF) ("Medallion" or the "Company"), today announced that it has closed the second and final tranche of its non-brokered private placement announced November 9, 2014, and updated December 11, 2014, for total gross proceeds of $250,000. The Company…

Orbite Receives $3M Funding from Investissement Quebec

January 14, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) ("Orbite" or the "Company") today announced Investissement Québec will be providing Orbite with a $3.025 million bridge loan, collateralized against the Company's investment tax credits receivable for the year 2014, estimated at $4.0 million. The loan, repayable by June 30, 2016, will carry an interest rate of 3.5% over the…

GeoMegA Receives Reactor at its NRC Laboratory Facility

January 14, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Highlights of the news release: GéoMégA's NRC laboratory facility in Boucherville, Québec, almost fully autonomous Energy requirements to produce REE concentrate from Montviel ore under 55 MW Bench scale production of REE concentrate from Montviel ore starting in the short term Geomega Resources Inc. ("GéoMégA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:GMA) announces the reception of a customized reactor…

Tasman Files Financial Results for the Three Months Ended November 30, 2014

January 13, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Tasman Metals Ltd. ("Tasman" or the "Company") (TSXV : TSM) (Frankfurt : T61); (NYSE-MKT : TAS).  Mr. Mark Saxon, President & CEO, announces that the Company has made its interim filings for the quarter ended November 30, 2014, with United States and Canadian Regulators on January 13, 2015. The Company's interim report for the quarter ended…

Texas Rare Earth Resources Announces Extension of Rights Offering to January 21st

January 13, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER), an exploration company specializing in the heavy rare earths, announces an extension of the deadline to subscribe to its previously announced rights offering to 5 PM EST, January 21, 2015. TRER is extending its rights offering subscription period because the holiday season created delays in the distribution of the rights…
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