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Lithium Australia ups stake in Mexican Lithium clay project.

Lithium Australia have lifted their stake in the Electra Lithium clay project in Mexico to 49% as they kick off a major drilling campaign. The Electra project is on the southern boundary of a giant Lithium clays project that has already signed a major off-take agreement with revered electric car manufacturer Tesla. 

Blackham’s plans to double production boosted by latest drill results

Blackham Resources are off to a flying start with their latest round of drilling at the Wiluna gold project, boosting confidence in the potential to expand their production outlook from 100,000 ounces a year to 200,000 ounces a year. The latest drilling has confirmed significant new mineralized zones. 

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.

Connected IO expands customer base for “internet of things” devices

Connected IO has secured a AUD$270,000 purchase order for its wireless "internet of things" devices from a US security firm. The latest order further bolsters its customer base that includes Coca-Cola, US telcos Verizon and AT&T, Vodafone, The Red Cross, Cisco, and some US Police departments. The company recently posted 126% revenue growth for the December quarter. 

Lithium Australia graphite spin-off heads to Madagascar

Lithium Australia's graphite spin-off, BlackEarth Minerals, is shaping up for an impressive ASX debut after the addition of a couple of highly prospective exploration projects in Madagascar. The new properties add to a bulging portfolio of graphite projects in Australia with the company set to float on the ASX before the end of June.

Northern Minerals tap investors with $10m placement above market

Northern Minerals will raise another $10m for their Browns Range heavy rare earths pilot project in a fully underwritten equity placement. It is the second time the George Bauk-led company has raised funds at above-market levels, highlighting the strong level of investor interest in Australia's first heavy rare earths project.

MGC Pharma raises $10m to fast-track medical cannabis development

Medicinal cannabis player MGC Pharma has easily raised $10 million as it looks to fast-track acquisitions and accelerate development of its cannabis-derived products. MGC will use the funds to ramp up its medical R&D program and expand sales of its cosmetics and dermatological cannabis-derived lines with the latter to fund the former.

Neometals JV banks cash from 2nd Lithium shipment

The Mt Marion Lithium mine has proved it is settling into production with the second shipment of concentrates setting sail for China this week. Neometals and their partners in the project also reported that a third, larger shipment is due to leave Kwinana in early April, which represents a further increase in the pace of production.

Terrain kicks off another drill program with hopes of Fraser Range discovery

Terrain Minerals have picked up the pace with start of another drill program, this time at the Gimlet gold and nickel-copper project in the Fraser Range. The Perth-based junior has been very active and successful in the field since a capital raising in the December quarter and now has Gimlet and the flagship Great Western project generating some excitement for shareholders.

Auroch takes up option in Namibia after 2.73% Lithium Oxide result

After encouraging results from early exploration, Auroch Minerals have exercised their option on highly prospective Lithium ground in Namibia and will hit the ground running later this month. Early grab samples have returned up to 2.73% Lithium Oxide, a result that would have most Australian explorers sitting up and paying attention. 

Lithium Australia slams claims by takeover target Lepidico

Lithium Australia have slammed as 'false" and "misleading,' statements about their Sileach Lithium processing technology by takeover target Lepidico. Just weeks after winning a bruising settlement against Lepidico, Lithium Australia have brought back the lawyers. They are seeking to debunk Lepdico's purported claims that Sileach uses harmful hydrofluoric acid.

Sky and Space Global signs MOU with leading South American telco

Sky and Space Global continues to forge ahead with its narrow-band communications network based on nano-satellites with the Perth company signing an MOU with a leading South American telco. The parties will undertake a joint demonstration of Sky and Space's first three miniature satellites after they have been launched into space in the second quarter of this year. 

Stargroup part owned Korean ATM manufacturer posts strong half year result

ASX-listed Stargroup is set to share in robust half-year profits at part owned private South Korean ATM machine manufacturer NeolCP. Perth-based Stargroup has an 11 per cent stake in NeolCP, who posted a net profit after tax of AUD$853,705 for the half year ended 31 December 2016. The NeoICP results come on the back of Stargroup themselves posting a record half year. 

Local firm gets Philippines central bank approval for banking APP

It's all shoulders to the wheel now for Perth based tech play Peppermint Innovation after the Central Bank of the Philippines green-lighted their innovative mobile bill payment and money remittance APP. The company has been sweating on the notoriously hard to get central bank approval to commence a trial of their fully developed technology with their in-country partner.

Connected CIO releases cutting-edge police body camera

Wireless technology company Connected IO has produced another imaginative "internet of things" product that looks certain to be a hit. The company has just released its latest wearable body camera for the police and security sectors and they are looking to target markets like the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Dubai and Australia for the cutting-edge device.

Lithium Australia make their case for $21m Lepidico bid

Lithium Australia signaled they were serious all along about their takeover bid for Lepidico after launching their bidders statement for the company last week despite settling their IP dispute with them. Lithium Australia say their $21m bid will help both companies capture a once-in-a-cycle opportunity in the booming global Lithium market. 

Auroch receives more cash and shares for Manica settlement

Auroch Minerals now have $8.3m in liquid assets after the UK-based buyer of their Manica gold project in Mozambique came up with more cash and shares as part of last month's settlement agreement. Auroch will soon be owed only $US1.2m from last year's $US12m sale and will have enough financial horsepower to fund an exciting Lithium exploration program in Namibia.

PharmAust appoints Hopkins

ASX listed PharmAust has named Dr Richard Hopkins as the company's new chief executive. Hopkins was previously running Perth biotech company Phylogica Limited and will start as PharmAust CEO on March 7. 

CVCheck revenue up 42% for December 16 half year

You know the auto pilot is starting to kick in when you reduce your marketing spend by over $3m and your revenue jumps by $2m anyway. Such was the case in the December half year for ASX listed online screening and verification company CVCheck. Revenues for the half year jumped from $2.9m to $4.9m and costs appear to be well and truly under control. 

Pilbara Minerals' pilot plant outperforms by 23%

Investors rarely get interested in metallurgical flowsheets, but they should make an exception by taking a closer look at some exciting news out of Pilbara Minerals recently. The developer of the Pilgangoora Lithium project told the market that pilot plant trials had exceeded expectations by up to 23% which should look good when translated to the bottom line. 

Stargroup books robust half-year result

Financial technology and ATM machine company Stargroup has posted strong growth in its half-year result, delivering the company's best-ever revenue of more than $4 million for the half year. The company says the impressive result was driven by record revenues from its ATM network and they are expecting even better results next quarter after some cost savings kick in. 

Connected IO to ride “internet of things” freight train

How is it that some of the world's largest corporations have become customers and partners of a relatively unknown ASX listed junior that was only back-door listed by Perth connections last year ? These include Coca-Cola, US telco goliath Verizon, leading enterprise level US telco AT&T, Vodafone, The Red Cross, Cisco, US Police and a host of other impressive names. 

Sky and Space Global nano-satellites ready for landmark launch

ASX-listed Sky and Space Global says its first three miniature telecommunications satellites known as "nano-satellites" are now ready for launch after the completion of final testing in Europe. The nano-satellites are scheduled for launch on board the Indian Space Research Organisation's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in the second quarter of this year.

Legend beefs up its Fraser Range exposure

Legend Mining have added more tenements to their already sizeable land holdings in the revered Fraser Range district. The acquisition of two tenements from Musgrave Minerals via a share-only deal underlines the Perth-based explorer's high confidence in a nickel-copper discovery along strike from the breakthrough Nova-Bollinger discovery by Sirius Resources in 2012.

Lithium Australia executes exquisite move to win IP battle

Lithium Australia re-wrote the corporate play book in the last couple of weeks to achieve unfettered ownership and control of their unique Lithium processing IP known as Sileach. They have been locked in mortal legal combat with Lepidico over their IP rights and just a couple of weeks after Lithium Australia launched a takeover bid for Lepidico the legal action has been settled. 

MGC Pharma to profit from medical marijuana law changes

ASX-listed MGC Pharmaceuticals' cannabis-derived medicinal products will be fast-tracked to Australia following federal government changes to national medical marijuana laws. The changes mean patients that are prescribed medicinal cannabis will be able to import their medication from local providers such as MGC Pharmacueticals. 

Peppermint puts foot on the gas in Philippines

ASX listed Perth financial technology company Peppermint Innovation may have discovered a lucrative new route to market for their interesting mobile bill payment technology. The company recently appointed Metro Gas Sales inc, a domestic gas bottle delivery company in the Philippines with over 60,000 household customers as a Peppermint agent.

Sipa provides more downhole intrigue in Uganda

Sipa Resources' hopes of uncovering a major nickel-copper discovery at Akelikongo in Uganda have been boosted by new geophysical surveys. The downhole EM surveys have found strong off-hole conductors, whilst a high-resolution ground magnetic survey suggests Akelikongo could be just one of many highly prospective targets in the area.

Neometals to buy back up to $5m worth of their own stock

The board of Australia's newest Lithium producer, Neometals, have signaled their confidence in the company's finances by introducing a share buyback valued at up to $5 million over the next 12 months. The move follows the recent start of production at Mt Marion, which will generate plenty of cash and add to an already strong balance sheet.

Analytica bolsters IP protection with Japanese patent for incontinence device

ASX listed medical device company Analytica has achieved an important strategic milestone with its "PeriCoach" urinary incontinence device receiving patent protection in Japan. The patent is part of the Brisbane-based company's strategy to secure IP protection in major markets with ageing populations.

Analytica incontinence device comes up trumps in clinical trial

Medical device company Analytica have produced a set of clinical trial results that according to the company, tick every major box in the fight against urinary stress incontinence in women. They recently put a mark 2 version of their urinary incontinence device known as the "PeriCoach" to the test in independent clinical trials with some rather interesting results. 



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 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. 

Sky and Space Global begin nano-satellite construction after passing key test

Sky and Space Global has commenced building its innovative nano-satellites and is on track to launch before June next year after clearing another key test phase.  The company is seeking to create its own global satellite telecommunications network via a constellation of miniature satellites capable of providing voice, text and data services to potentially millions of remote area customers.