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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.  

Pilbara Minerals soars on offtake deal with Chinese

Pilbara Minerals now have offtake deals for 100% of Pilgangoora production, with a serious Chinese Lithium player committing to more than half of the project’s output for the next 10 years. Pilbara’s share price soared on news of the deal with Ganfeng Lithium, which has also promised at least $20m in funding support.

Lithium Australia pioneers in-field Lithium sample analyzer

Lithium Australia’s focus on technology is paying dividends with the successful trial of a newly developed portable tool that is able to measure Lithium content from core samples in the field. The analyzer overcomes the limitations of the more traditional “XRF” tool that struggles to identify Lithium and could bring a whole new perspective to the feverish global hunt for Lithium.

MGC Pharma signs landmark cannabis research deal with RMIT

MGC Pharmaceuticals has cemented its position in the Australian medical marijuana market, signing a major research agreement with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. The deal will see MGC and RMIT collaborate on medical cannabis research initiatives targeted at a range of diseases including cancer and establish an “International Library of Cannabis Medicine”.

MGC Pharma signs new cannabis cosmetics wholesalers in Europe

Medicinal marijuana player MGC Pharmaceuticals are on a mission to be one of the first ASX listed companies to garner serious revenues from medicinal cannabis derived products. The company announced this week they had signed up wholesalers in Europe to market their cannabis derived skin care and cosmetics lines. 

Northern Minerals launch into rare earths mine build

The Browns Range heavy rare earths project is moving ahead quickly following last month’s Final Investment Decision, with developer Northern Minerals striking a $10m mining agreement with MACA. The deal comes under Northern’s innovative lead contractor agreement with Sinosteel MECC, which allows deferred payment for 20% of all works.

Auroch to begin drilling 20km from giant Neves Corvo mine in Portugal

Auroch Minerals are racing ahead with the first drill program at their high-impact Copper-Zinc project in Portugal, locking in a contractor to start drilling mid-month. The drill results will be hotly anticipated, with the project located just 20 km along strike from the “super-giant” Neves Corvo mine and sitting on a host of ripe geophysical targets.

Analytica releases updated incontinence medical device

ASX listed medical device company Analytica has refined its innovative PeriCoach urinary incontinence device, with the Brisbane-based company unveiling the latest version of its e-health treatment system. The version 3 device includes better processing capability, wireless connectivity, power management and an enhanced user experience.

Peppermint Innovation innovates in Philippines with creative fin-tech trial

Peppermint Innovation will hand deliver its mobile bill payments technology to the front doors of up to 60,000 Filipino households in what looks to be an impressive partnership with a very large gas bottle home delivery company in the Philippines. Householders will now be able to pay their other bills at the same time that they receive their regular supply of LPG gas. 

Stargroup raises $3.35m to complete Indue acquisition

Stargroup is on track to complete the acquisition of high margin Australian ATM machine service provider Indue after raising $3.35 million in an oversubscribed placement. The Indue aquisition completes Stargroup's strategy of total vertical intergration with the company now a major player is all aspects of the ATM business from manufacturer to service provider to operator. 

Hammer farms out $83k copper-cobalt acquisition in $2.7m deal

It’s not very often you get to steal a project from the Chinese but only a year after paying Chinese and other interests just $83,000 for the Millenium copper-cobalt project in Queensland, Hammer Metals have farmed it out in a deal worth up to $2.7m. Their JV partner is a serious player in the battery metals business and brings more than just exploration money to the table. 

Connected IO secures new orders via US telco giant partnership

Perth listed Connected IO continues to cement its relationship with US telco Verizon. The company announced this week the securing of new purchase orders for its “internet of things” services and products from two of the US telco giant’s enterprise customers. The repeat orders, from the State of Nebraska and a US security firm, are worth more than $AUD205,000.

New Troy drill hits outside of existing resource

Troy Resources have delivered some good news for shareholders with the company’s first ore-grade hits from exploration outside of the Karouni mine area in South America. The encouraging gold intercepts validate the targeting work by Troy’s exploration team last year and support the view that Karouni could be just the start for the Perth-based gold producer.

Lithium Australia hits Lithium with first drill hole in Mexico

Lithium Australia’s high hopes for their lithium clay joint venture in Mexico have been confirmed after their first drill hole at the project hit Lithium. The company, in partnership with Alix Resources, are targeting a thick bed of sediments over a strike length of five kms, right next door to Bacanora Minerals’ La Ventanathe project, considered to be the world’s largest Lithium clay deposit.

LWP Technologies lodge second US patent for oil and gas ‘proppant’

LWP Technologies has moved to safeguard its game changing fly-ash-based proppant technology for oil and gas producers by lodging a second patent in the US. Proppants are often the single largest cost item in the fracking of an oil and gas well. They lodge in the tiny fractures created during the operation in order to keep the fracture open to facilitate the flow of oil and gas. 

Legend begins 50-hole drill program in Nova-Bollinger territory

Legend Mining’s search for another Nova-Bollinger style deposit in the Fraser Range has entered a new stage with the start of a 50-hole aircore drilling program. The wide-spaced program will add to results from a technologically advanced round of electromagnetic surveys and help define targets for the next stage of diamond drilling.

Lithium Australia on hunt for new Lithium provinces in WA and QLD

Lithium Australia’s unquenchable appetite for Lithium feedstock is taking it into two virgin areas with hopes of opening up entirely new Lithium provinces.  The company has acquired tenements in WA’s Gascoyne region along strike from the Nardoo pegmatite district and permits inland from Cairns where there is no history of Lithium exploration but plenty of exciting indicators exist.

Connected IO locks in order from US electronics giant

ASX listed Connected IO continues to forge ahead in the multi-trillion dollar internet of things sector, securing a purchase order from US electronics giant Arrow Electronics for its cutting-edge wireless modem devices.  The order will see the company’s products available through Arrow’s 465 offices across 90 countries.

Resume verification booming as CVCheck posts 38% revenue hike

ASX listed Online screening and verification company CVCheck has posted record revenue for the fiscal third quarter driven by sustained user growth and a continued surge in corporate customers. The company expects the strong run of revenue growth to continue in Q4 FY17 and is predicting to be at breakeven by year end.

Pilgangoora shows its class with exceptional bulk sample grades

Pilbara Minerals’ giant Pilgangoora Lithium deposit just keeps getting better, with 10 tonnes of bulk samples from the Central pit area returning an average grade of more than 2% Lithium. The news of exceptional in-situ grades comes as Pilbara finalises a direct shipping offtake agreement and a mining proposal for a 2Mtpa development.

New model leads Blackham to high grades at Golden Age

Blackham Resources have identified two new high-grade zones at the Golden Age mine at the Matilda Gold project, with intercepts ranging up to 118 g/t gold. The discoveries are set to provide a welcome boost to the underground mine plan and follow a return to full open pit operations after delays caused by unseasonal wet weather.



King River set to power the world with amazing vanadium resource

High purity vanadium is being tipped for greatness as a revolutionary force in battery storage of renewable energy. Perth’s King River Copper may well have the largest and highest purity in-ground resource in the world in W.A. Last week the company proved it could produce the holy grail of purity levels at 99.5%, placing it amongst elite company around the world.

88 Energy rubbing shoulders with oil majors in Alaska

A Perth based ASX listed junior has quietly been sweeping up big swathes of lucrative acreage in Alaska’s hottest oil province known as the North Slope with the truth diviner in the form of a drill rig about to be put to the test in coming months. 88 Energy will soon drill a well targeting up to 400 million barrels at its Western Blocks project in the region.

Tantalising gold recoveries for Novo in the Pilbara

Pilbara conglomerate gold theorist Novo Resources has generated rich concentrates from ore sorting trials at its Comet Well project near Karratha, producing ore grades up to 792.4g/t gold. The company also separated coarse gold nuggets from gravelly ore horizons at its Egina project near Port Hedland using gravity techniques and it has suggested that the procedure could be ramped up to a larger scale in the future.

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.

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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.

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.