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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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Peppermint signs 14,000 strong agent network in Philippines

Peppermint Innovation are gaining traction for their bill payment and money transfer APP with millions of Filipino's who don't operate a bank account. The Perth company has signed a second major distribution partner who will resell their platform via a 14,000 strong agent network. Peppermint also recently won a Fintech Award for "Excellence in Financial Inclusion."

Lithium Australia’s Sileach process wins approval of new German partner

Lithium Australia's innovative "Sileach" Lithium processing technology has played a crucial role in securing a joint venture in Germany that plans to extract lithium from mica for the huge European market. The German partner in the new joint venture locked in the deal after exhaustive due diligence showed Sileach was ideal for extracting lithium from their tin deposits in Europe.

Hoppo hops on board with Shark Mitigation Systems

When it comes to saving the lives of beach goers, there are few bigger names around the world than Bondi Rescue's Bruce "Hoppo" Hopkins. The chief lifeguard at Bondi Beach has teamed up with WA-based Shark Mitigation Systems to promote their innovative shark detecting "Clever Buoy" technology. Hopkins first trialed the technology at Bondi in 2016.

Lithium Australia extracts 99% Lithium from Mexican clays

Lithium Australia's processing expertise has produced exceptional results from metallurgical testing of the Agua Fria Lithium clay prospect in Mexico, extracting up to 99% Lithium without roasting in just four hours. The result is a major boost for the economics of Agua Fria which is adjacent to the world's largest known Lithium clay deposit.

Blina starts work on bargain Goldfields gold project

Blina Minerals have moved quickly at their new Dingo Gold project in the Eastern Goldfields, with detailed geological mapping and a geochemical survey underway just a fortnight after taking control. Dingo has shallow and deeper gold targets that have not been properly drill tested and offers up significant upside on Blina's bargain acquisition price of just $20,000.

Global pharma heavyweight joins Analytica board

Analytica have appointed a global heavyweight in the pharmaceutical industry to its board of directors as they gear up for the international launch of an innovative medical device that combats urinary incontinence. Dr Peter B. Corr, the former head of R&D at Pfizer, has joined the Analytica board, strengthening ties he already has as a significant shareholder.

MGC produce significant trial results from cannabis skin care range

An independent clinical trial of MGC Pharma's cannabis-based dermatological creams has produced spectacular results with the trials showing an 80% improvement in acne prone skin, 73% improvement in psoriatic plaques, 86% improvement of irritated skin and over 70% improvement in the visual appearance of redness, dryness, flaky and oily skin conditions.

Blackham produces more spectacular drill results at Wiluna

Blackham's latest round of drilling at Wiluna has produced a best-ever result of 15.4 metres at more than 21 g/t gold, located in a new high-grade shoot that is outside the existing open-pit mine plan. The new drill results revealed much more mineralisation around the old West Pit and make a 'super pit' stretching up to 2km a real possibility.

3 out of 4 dogs reduce cancerous tumour size in PharmAust drug trial

PharmAust's trials of its promising anti-cancer drug in dogs have produced encouraging early results, reducing the size of tumours in three out of four dogs with no other treatment. The early-stage trials have also shown it will be safe to give dogs significantly higher doses, which could lead to some spectacular results in the next stage of trials.

Hammer uncovers graphite surprise at Kalman West in QLD

The rich geology of Hammer Metal's ground east of Mt Isa has produced yet another happy surprise for the Perth-based explorer --graphite. A recent electromagnetic survey by helicopter highlighted a conductive, graphite-rich bed, with initial samples assaying up to 10% total graphitic carbon.

Stargroup and Goldfields Money expand cash sharing deal to $30m

Stargroup and small tier bank, Goldfields Money, have doubled the size of their partnership, announcing that up to $30 million of Goldfields excess cash would now be made available for Stargroup ATM machines. Goldfields' banking license coupled with Stargroup's market penetration conjures up any number of future opportunities for the two ASX listed companies.

Strong revenue growth puts CVCheck on track for black

Perth-based CVCheck is charging into the black after continued strong revenue growth in April and May. The innovative provider of online police checks, employment screening and a burgeoning range of related products also has more growth in the pipeline, thanks in part to changes to 457 visas in Australia and new requirements by NZ's Health Department.

PharmAust extends cancer drug to diabetes and brain disease

Perth listed biotech PharmAust, have determined that their promising anti-cancer drug known as MPL might also be useful in the treatment of diabetes, brain disease and age related disorders. The company announced this week they have secured a patent for MPL in Australia relating to the treatment of the three newly targeted illnesses. 

Wall Street investment bank sets big price target for Northern Minerals

One of Wall Street's oldest investment banks has released a bullish assessment of Perth based Northern Minerals, saying Browns Range is among a rare breed of high-value rare earths projects. Hallgarten & Company concluded that Northern Minerals had a project with great metallurgy and set a 12-month price target of 38 cents, a 217% increase over the current levels.

Auroch begins drilling for copper, zinc, Neves Corvo look-a-like in Portugal

Auroch have begun drilling ahead of schedule in Portugal, just weeks after entering the country with a bold, deep-drilling exploration project targeting high-grade copper and zinc. The first diamond drill hole is expected to take between four and six weeks to test its target, which is just 20kms along strike from the "supergiant" Neves Corvo copper zinc mine.

Money meets management at the Montney

The marriage of ASX listed Azonto Petroleum to the unlisted Calima Energy is essentially a story of money meets management experience with the marriage consummated at one of the best addresses in town, the Montney oil and gas play in Canada. Calima is the creation of 5 Subiaco based geoscientists who previously took Ophir Energy from an idea to a 2 billion pound company.

Lithium Australia produces 99.8% Li20 from uneconomic ore

Lithium Australia's Sileach process has given its best indication yet of its breakthrough potential with the latest trials producing 99.8% Lithium Carbonate without the need to roast concentrate. The result was also achieved using a sub-economic grade of just 3.4% Li20 highlighting the potential of Sileach to bring low-grade Lithium deposits to market.

Analytica secures Australian patent for incontinence medical device

ASX listed medical device company Analytica has bolstered the intellectual property safeguards around its "PeriCoach" e-health system, with the innovative urinary incontinence device receiving patent protection in Australia. The Australian patent is the latest stage in the company's IP protection strategy rollout in several key markets including China and Japan.

Pilbara Minerals win Gov approval to build Pilgangoora

Pilbara Minerals have received WA Government approval for the Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum project, clearing the way for construction of the world's next major Lithium supplier near Port Hedland. The company also hinted that news about project financing was imminent, which was widely expected after last week's announcement of a major off-take agreement being struck.

Northern Minerals in full swing at Browns Range

Northern Minerals have wasted no time at the Browns Range heavy rare earths project, with grade control drilling and an expansion of the mining camp now underway. The company last month approved the $56 million pilot project, which will focus on the production of "Dysprosium", a high-value rare earth that is a key component of permanent magnets used in electric motors.

Lithium Australia looks overseas to build Lithium processing pilot

A large-scale pilot plant for Lithium Australia's revolutionary Sileach Lithium processing technology might have a much lower cost than anticipated thanks to savings identified by building it overseas. Lithium Australia says an engineering cost study by CPC Project Design has identified big savings at a potential overseas site, which will be examined more closely.

Sky and Space moves into farm sector with nano-satellite comms

ASX-listed Sky and Space Global has signed a deal with a leading knowledge sharing service that connects millions of farmers globally. The MOU with WeFarm Inc will look at how Sky and Space could integrate its proposed nano-satellite communication network into WeFarm's data sharing service that links small-scale farming operators across Latin America to East Africa.

Connected IO locks in second “internet of things” order from Red Cross

"Internet of things" player Connected IO's relationship with US telco giant Verizon continues to pay off, resulting in a follow-up order from the American Red Cross. Connected IO will work with Verizon to provide more dependable wireless communication solutions for the Red Cross via its innovative modem like devices that are capable of connecting almost anything to the internet.  

Legend tantalizes market with Fraser Range conductor

Legend Mining's methodical and highly technical exploration techniques at the vast Rockford project in the Fraser Range has produced an exciting target to be followed up with diamond drilling as early as next month. Shallow aircore holes have identified mafic rocks mineralised with nickel and copper above a much larger and stronger conductor than previously modeled.

Neometals look to produce Cobalt, Lithium by recycling batteries in Canada

Just like they did with Lithium at Mt Marion, Neometals are again seeking to get ahead of the curve with their new battery re-cycling play in Canada that will focus heavily on reproducing Cobalt in addition to other elements such as Lithium. The company is hoping to eventually produce nearly 700 tonnes of Cobalt a year by recycling old batteries. 

Blackham to join exclusive 200,000 ounce a year club

Blackham Resources look like moving into the big league of Australian gold producers within just three years after a preliminary expansion study at the Wiluna Gold Project confirmed a low-cost pathway to annual production of more than 200,000 ounces of a gold. This target would see Blackham double its current production projection. 

PharmAust secures anti-cancer drug patent in China

ASX listed PharmAust has taken a major step towards safeguarding the intellectual property of its promising anti-cancer drug after being granted a key patent in China. The patent strengthens the Perth-based company's IP protection in a critical world market and provides protection for 16 years, with PharmAust expecting further patents to be issued in coming months.

Stargroup completes remarkable transition from minor to major ATM player

Stargroup's remarkable transformation from small time ATM machine operator to a totally vertically integrated and ASX listed outfit with ownership up and down the value chain is now complete. The Indue acquistion came with a massive windfall for Stargroup after two large exiting clients agreed to resign and a Sydney credit provider forfeited $325k when they failed to provide financing. 

Blina Minerals make Goldfields gold acquisition

Blina Minerals have snapped up the Dingo gold project in the Eastern Goldfields for the bargain price of $20,000. The project comes with extensive historical drill data that has defined a significant zone of shallow mineralisation, with the real prize potentially being the primary source of mineralisation in an underlying intrusive body.

Analytica releases device assisted incontinence exercise regime

Medical device company Analytica has advanced its "PeriCoach" incontinence device by developing a proprietary exercise regime that can be integrated into the company's e-health treatment system. PeriCoach is targeted at the millions of women worldwide who suffer from urinary incontinence, with the problem impacting around 1 in 3 women globally according to Analytica

Sky and Space Global bags $10m in oversubscribed placement

Sky and Space Global have easily raised $10 million at 19c a share in a heavily oversubscribed placement that will fund the company as it forges ahead with the launch of its first three miniature telecommunications satellites within weeks. The company's amazing share price run has seen the stock jump from a low of 1.6c in August last year to 26c last month.  



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.

Pilbara Minerals turn first sod at world's largest Lithium development in Port Hedland

Pilbara Minerals' rapid rise reached a key milestone this week with the start of earthworks at Pilgangoora, one of the world's largest Lithium development projects. The news coincided with the company's AGM where shareholders were told how their company had achieved remarkable growth from a market cap of just $11 million two years ago to $700 million today.

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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.