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Matt Birney is the author and a Director of Bulls N Bears which is a joint venture between the Business News and Birney Corporate Communications. Bulls N Bears is an ASX release distribution platform that "turbo charges" the reach of public company announcements by utilizing the significant resources and public following of the Business News. Bulls N Bears delivers public company announcements to the tens of thousands of Business News subscribers, distributes it on Twitter to targeted financial markets participants and sends it to its 1000 strong database of financial journalists at every significant media outlet across Australia. Bulls N Bears also records and distributes radio interviews with public company CEO's for the purposes of thoroughly exploring the ramifications of a company announcement before uploading the link to each interview to its unique web portal that sits inside the Business News website. 

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Shark Mitigation Systems hit US market with anti-shark tech

Shark Mitigation Systems’ cutting edge “Clever Buoy” shark detecting device will be trialled at a major beach in Southern California ahead of a possible $10 million rollout of the technology across the US state. Clever Buoy is one of the Perth-based company’s two innovative anti-shark solutions and is capable of detecting a shark and relaying its position back to lifeguards on the beach.

Sky & Space in talks with strategic investors for sat comms network

ASX listed Sky and Space Global is being courted by major satellite and telco industry players as the company pushes ahead with its game-changing telecommunications network based on nano-satellites. Sky and Space is the first company in history to facilitate a voice call using nano-satellites and wants to roll out up to 200 of the miniature orbital devices by 2020.

Connected IO march towards magical breakeven point

The goal of any new tech company is to get to breakeven quickly and then on to profitability. Internet of things upstart Connected IO may be only months away from positive cash flow after posting a record quarter. The company has been rapidly expanding its customer base with its disruptive, machine-to-machine communications and cellular connectivity devices as it blazes a trail in the multi trillion dollar sector

Hammer set to launch drilling blitz in QLD

Hammer Metals are set to launch their biggest drill program this year, with more than 3000 metres of RC drilling planned to test a number of the company’s best prospects in the Mt Isa district. Drill activity will be focused on the emerging Kalman West and Hammertime prospects, which are adjacent to Hammer’s flagship Kalman deposit.

PharmAust hits milestone in anti-cancer drug reformulation

ASX listed biotech Company PharmAust has made significant progress in reformulating its promising anti-cancer drug Monepantel to improve its taste and deliver increased dosages of the substance in each pill. Monepantel has already shown pleasing results in initial clinical trials as a cancer treatment in humans and canines, with further tests of the drug planned for 2018.

Australia’s first heavy rare earths project racing ahead

Northern Minerals’ heavy rare earths project at Browns Range in the East Kimberley is rapidly taking shape, with construction of the process plant in China well advanced and the first modules headed for the site within weeks. Meanwhile, 50% of the ore has already been stockpiled as part of a fast-track development schedule that will see maiden shipments in the first half of 2018.

Calidus strikes JV with Canada’s Novo Resources

Calidus Resources have wrapped up control of the highly prospective greenstone belt at their flagship Warrawoona project under an innovative joint venture with neighbouring explorer Novo Resources. The deal will see Calidus earn up to 70% of the rights to any gold discovered in the basement rocks on Novo's tenements and provides a consolidation opportunity for Calidus that has eluded previous operators.

New “internet of things” order for Connected IO

ASX listed Connected IO has secured yet another large purchase order for its cutting-edge next-gen modem like devices that allow everyday “things” and machines to be connected via the internet. The $348,000 purchase order came from California-based Premier Wireless after yet another referral from US Telco giant and Connected IO collaborator Verizon.

Auroch to test Cobalt theory at old copper mine

There aren’t many exploration projects where you can count on thick intercepts of mineralised sulphides, but Auroch Minerals probably can as it begins drilling for Cobalt, Gold and Copper and the historic Tisova Mine in the Czech Republic. Auroch have kicked off a four-hole diamond drill program at Tisova where waste dump grab samples provided some startling Cobalt and Copper assay grades.

Lithium Australia in perfect pairing with Poseidon

Poseidon Nickel has given Lithium Australia access to a major processing plant at Lake Johnston and accelerated its push into Lithium processing with Lithium Australia's breakthrough Sileach technology. Under an MOU signed this week, the companies will look to jointly explore their tenements and evaluate processing opportunities using technology belonging to both companies.

Calima oil & gas holdings in Montney jump 27%

Newly listed Calima Energy has boosted its acreage in the liquids-rich Montney oil and gas basin in Canada by 27% or 13,700 acres, establishing it is a significant new player in one of Canada’s hottest oil and gas regions. The additional acreage is immediately adjacent to Calima’s existing ground and was the result of some fortuitous bidding at a recent Government auction.

Neometals lands first sale of mineral processing tech

The deal-making skill that helped make Neometals become the first of a new breed of Australian Lithium producers has come to the fore once again. The ASX-listed company has landed a Serbian steel mill as its first licensed customer for the company’s “Neomet” mineral processing technology. The agreement will see Neometals use the deal as a showcase for a planned rollout of the technology worldwide

PharmAust secures key European anti-cancer patent

ASX-listed biotech PharmAust has been granted a core patent in Europe relating to the use of “aminoacetonitrile derivatives” as potent kinase inhibitors for the treatment of cancer. The patent is another positive step for Perth-based company in shoring up its global IP protections. It follows the granting of similar patents in key markets including the US, Australia and China.

Connected IO secures strong presales for next-gen WiFi router

Connected IO has unveiled a range of cutting-edge WiFi routers targeted at the multi-trillion dollar "Internet of Things" sector with applications that include digital signage, point of sale, vending machines and security. The ASX junior said despite only launching its new range this week, it had already received significant early demand for the new devices which are targeted at large, enterprise level customers

From Lithium to Titanium, Neometals are at it again

Fresh from success at the giant Mt Marion Lithium project, Neometals have turned their attention to their other sleeping giant, the world-class Barrambie Titanium-Vanadium project near Cue in W.A. With the Titanium price jumping by 50% recently, Chinese Titanium producers are screaming for feedstock, creating a potential opportunity for Neometals to cash in via a direct shipping operation.

Pilbara begins work on 5Mtpa expansion

With Stage 1 of the giant Pilgangoora Lithium mine racing ahead, Pilbara Minerals has stepped up work on expansion plans that could make the project the world’s largest Lithium mine. The ASX-listed Lithium developer yesterday announced it had awarded further key contracts, including power generation and was reworking its expansion plans to boost Stage 2 capacity from 4Mtpa to 5Mtpa.

Connected IO tech enters in-vehicle video market

Connected IO’s relationship with US telco giant Verizon continues to deepen, with the ASX-listed tech company locking in another customer referred from Verizon. In-vehicle video system supplier Rosco Vision Systems has committed to integrating Connected IO’s cellular and cloud based device management solutions into its in-vehicle technology used in emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and fleet vehicles.

Calima’s Montney neighbour reveals impressive results

Calima Energy’s neighbour in Canada’s prolific Montney oil and gas basin has added fuel to the buzz around newly listed Calima by disclosing it expects an internal rate of return of up to 80% on its liquids-rich wells right next door to the ASX junior’s acreage. The news comes as Calima moves to commission a 3D seismic survey and acquire a rich database of wells in the region

Lithium mining to get underway at Pilgangoora

Pilbara Minerals are on the verge of cash flow from the massive Pilgangoora Lithium mine after awarding a contract to MACA to commence mining. Lithium prices have soared since Pilbara predicted the mine would make $121m a year and possibly up to $245m a year if they can expand mine throughput from 2mt a year to 4mt a year. The project boasts 156m tonnes grading 1.25% Lithium Oxide.

Peppermint in deal with 200,000 strong Philippine network

Peppermint Innovation has inked a deal with a leading Philippines distribution network, paving the way for the possible roll out of the Perth-based company’s mobile payments technology to around 200,000 members. Network members will be able to accept money from their own networks of people who wish to pay their household bills, transfer money to others or even load up some mobile phone air time.

Sky & Space complete world-first voice call using nano-satellites

Sky and Space Global have hit a critical milestone in their efforts to revolutionise the telecommunications industry by becoming the first-ever company to facilitate a voice call based on disruptive nano-satellite technology. The landmark achievement now allows Sky and Space to progress the rollout out of their 200 strong, full nano-satellite constellation and rush headlong into commercialisation.

Calidus closes the gap with solid Pilbara gold hits

A drilling blitz by Calidus Resources in the so-called Gap Zone at the Warrawoona gold project near Marble Bar has produced a lovely set of numbers for the rapidly developing gold explorer. Calidus now have a 2.6km gold mineralized system on their hands in the East Pilbara that is still open at depth and along strike in both directions. Recent hits include 17m @ 2.54 g/t, 8m @ 4.68 g/t and 9m @ 2.67 g/t.

Nzuri in David and Goliath partnership with Ivanhoe

ASX-listed Nzuri Copper have carved out an enviable position alongside Robert Friedland’s Ivanhoe Mines and their world-beating copper discovery in the Congo. The ASX listed junior is racing towards a development decision for its own Copper-Cobalt project discovered just 15km from Friedman’s miraculous 1 billion tonne copper deposit. Nzuri are also farming into Ivanhoe's ground in a JV partnership.

Auroch hits tell tale geology in Portugal

Auroch Minerals high-impact, deep-drilling exploration program in Portugal for giant copper-zinc deposits has hit encouraging rocks on the way to its target depth of more than 1,000 metres. The aggressive junior explorer reported it had hit sulphidic, highly deformed sediments, which are characteristic of the rocks hosting the “supergiant” Neves Corvo deposit just 20 kms along strike.

PharmAust deal bags 50 anti-cancer patents

Perth-listed biotech PharmAust has signed a deal with a leading Japanese chemical company that will give the ASX listed company rights to a library of 50 patents over promising anti-cancer agents. The new patents will complement the development of PharmAust’s main anti-cancer drug Monepantel, which has already shown positive results in fighting cancer.

Peppermint takes on strategic investor at double market price

Perth-based tech company Peppermint Innovation have gained a key strategic partner after making an equity placement for $1 million at $0.02 a share. The 2c placement, which was done at double the last traded price for Peppermint shares, caused the company’s stock to jump by up to 60% yesterday, touching 1.6c a share before settling back to 1.4c.

Stargroup signs JV to develop Bitcoin ATM

ASX-listed Stargroup have signed a deal with blockchain technology company DigitalX to develop ATM machines that can exchange bitcoins for cash and enable cryptocurrencies to be added to digital wallets. Under the agreement Stargroup will lean on its relationship with Korean ATM manufacturer NeoICP to develop a two-way ATM solution for Bitcoin, the leading form of crypto-currency worldwide.

Hammer finds new gold zone in QLD with ounce to the tonne hit

Hammer Metals have opened up yet another new exploration front at their Mt Isa project, with a high grade gold hit at the Kalman West prospect. The ASX listed explorer reported a one metre intercept at 36.9 g/t gold and scored hits from both of the first two holes. Highly encouraging results have also come from drilling at the Revenue prospect, with gold again the main prize.

Calima Energy nearly doubles on back door listing

Perth oil and gas explorer Calima Energy pulled off a seriously successful back-door listing last week amid a red hot market for its new core asset in Canada’s revered “Montney” oil and gas basin. The stock ran from a theoretical relisting price of 3.3c to a high of 5.9c last week before settling back to 5.3c at weeks end. Their ground in Canada is considered to be highly prospective for oil and gas.

Northern access $30m in innovative deal to fund rare earths plant

Northern Minerals have found an innovative source of advance funding for their $56 million Browns Range pilot project, signing an R&D loan facility to provide up to US$30 million for the project. The new facility will accelerate the flow of R&D tax rebates, which will pile up as the company pioneers Australia’s first heavy rare earths project and works towards a planned full-scale development.

Insatiable global Lithium demand puts WA in box seat

With the electric car market about to hit the stratosphere, a resurgence of interest in wind and solar energy and the phenomenal acceptance of the Lithium powered Iphone, W.A is in the box seat when it comes to Lithium driven business opportunities. The challenge for WA’s mining glitterati is to also harness the downstream processing opportunities that arise from Lithium in addition to just mining and shipping it.

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Pilbara begins work on 5Mtpa expansion

With Stage 1 of the giant Pilgangoora Lithium mine racing ahead, Pilbara Minerals has stepped up work on expansion plans that could make the project the world’s largest Lithium mine. The ASX-listed Lithium developer yesterday announced it had awarded further key contracts, including power generation and was reworking its expansion plans to boost Stage 2 capacity from 4Mtpa to 5Mtpa.

Terrain creates excitement with serious gold hits near Leonora

Terrain Minerals may have just transformed their Great Western gold project near Leonora into something much more serious after the company reported a number of near surface, excellent gold hits during their latest drilling campaign. Best results include 3m @ 26.6 g/t gold from just 8m down hole, 2m @ 24.4 g/t, 5m @ 6.98 g/t and 2m @ 12.1 g/t gold. 

Just give us the Lithium say Chinese

In a sure fire sign that the Chinese are becoming insatiable for our Lithium and will take it any way they can get it, Pilbara Minerals have signed a deal with a Chinese Lithium Carbonate manufacturer to supply direct shipping ore straight out of their Pilgangoora mine near Port Hedland without it even being processed - and the Chinese will pre-pay $10m for the privilege. 

Sharks wary of SMS patterned wetsuit says UWA

ASX listed Shark Mitigation Systems have achieved scientific validation of their unique, patented, shark deterrent wetsuits after the University of W.A completed a ground breaking trial of the company’s “SAMS” wetsuit technology with live white sharks in South Africa. The results, which are quite stunning, show that it took a shark 400% longer to engage with a SAMS wetsuit.

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Sharks wary of SMS patterned wetsuit says UWA

ASX listed Shark Mitigation Systems have achieved scientific validation of their unique, patented, shark deterrent wetsuits after the University of W.A completed a ground breaking trial of the company’s “SAMS” wetsuit technology with live white sharks in South Africa. The results, which are quite stunning, show that it took a shark 400% longer to engage with a SAMS wetsuit.

Pilbara Minerals to move into Lithium downstream processing with Chinese

In the Lithium business it can be very profitable to own a mine, however, turning that Lithium into battery grade chemicals, commonly known as downstream processing, can be even more lucrative. Market darling Pilbara Minerals have given a hint of their medium term strategy after signing an MOU to move into the Lithium downstream processing business with the Chinese. 

Weebit makes breakthrough with game changing memory tech

Technology company Weebit-Nano continues to make big strides in the development of its game changing “Re-Ram” memory storage technology with the announcement of successful electrical testing.  Weebit believes Re-RAM has the capacity to revolutionise memory storage due it being faster, cheaper and requiring less energy than current flash storage methods.

Weebit to collaborate with Global tech powerhouse to commercialize revolutionary computer memory

It doesn’t happen often but every now and then a tech story comes along that looks like it just might survive the tech bubble and create a real business that makes real money. One such story at least at face value is ASX listed Weebit Nano that was back door listed by Perth connections into Radar Iron earlier this year and is now headquartered in Nedlands.