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MGC lands approval for epilepsy treatment study

MGC Pharmaceuticals has received Human Research Ethics Committee approval to carry out a clinical study comparing the effectiveness of its medical cannabis products for the treatment of severe epilepsy. This will compare its pharmaceutical-grade low tetrahydrocannabinol medicine authorised for prescription as an Investigational Medicinal Product in Australia and the UK, against its 100% cannabidiol product.

Middle Island sells West African gold project

Middle Island Resources is selling its Reo gold project in Burkina Faso, West Africa, to Tajiri Resources Corporation after the Vancouver-based company exercised its option to acquire the project. Tajiri has paid the company a final USD$150,000 option extension and exercise fee and will pay Middle Island USD$335,000 in cash and 5 million Tajiri shares, representing an 8% stake in Tajiri, for the project.

High grade extension for Image’s WA mineral sands mine

Image Resources has mapped out ultra-high-grade heavy mineral sands mineralisation for a further 2km northwards at its Boonanarring mineral sands project near Perth. The company has now completed infill drilling across all proposed mining blocks at the operation, with assay results expected shortly, which should allow a full update of mineral resources and ore reserves for the project in the December quarter of this year.

Strike eyeing more gas at Perth Basin well

Strike Energy’s West Erregulla-2 well in Western Australia’s Perth Basin has intersected extended drilling breaks with associated elevated mud gas readings in the target High Cliff sandstone. The company will continue drilling through the remaining High Cliff formation until the well intersects the Holmwood Shale before commencing a full suite of wireline logging tools throughout the High Cliff and Kingia sandstones.

St George identifies new base metal zone in WA

St George Mining has delineated a new occurrence of high-grade nickel-copper sulphide mineralisation in drilling at its Radar prospect near Leonora, WA, which extends the strike of the emerging Cathedrals Belt base metal deposits to 5.5km. The program was targeting chargeable EM anomalies identified from geophysics below the sand cover and defined a wide zone of disseminated and massive sulphides at a depth of 44.2m down-hole.

ClearVue targets Asia with Singapore move

Smart building materials trailblazer, ClearVue Technologies, is advancing its global expansion plans with the establishment of a Singapore office and the signing of a collaboration agreement with CSME Power Systems. The company’s new subsidiary, ClearVue Asia, will operate in Singapore and Malaysia while the agreement with CSME is expected to fast track its entry into significant government and corporate contracts.

Surefire primes for gold drilling near Sandstone

Surefire Resources is poised to commence a 30-hole reverse circulation drilling campaign totalling 3,000 metres at its Victory Bore project near Sandstone, WA, next month, to test seven target areas highlighted by anomalous gold with coincident geophysical anomalism. Previous drilling in the 1990s defined a gold-in-soil anomaly about 4.4 kilometres long and up to 750 metres wide.

Spectrum growing gold target list near Youanmi

Spectrum Metals’ recently completed detailed sub-audio magnetic survey has identified several new targets in the gap zone between the Penny North deposit and the Columbia-Magenta targets of its Penny West gold project near Youanmi, WA. The company is currently increasing its drilling capacity and will test targets generated from the survey over the coming months.

Kairos nails 4km long gold anomaly in Pilbara

Kairos Minerals has delineated a 4km long gold-in-soil anomaly adjacent to a prospective geological contact at its emerging Croydon project, located near Port Hedland, WA. The anomaly incorporates a coherent, higher-grade core over more than 1km containing greater than 100ppb gold and may represent a conventional, subsurface bedrock gold target, in addition to the well-defined, conglomerate-hosted gold potential of the district.

Australian Potash DFS highlights $100m annual cashflow

Australian Potash’s Lake Wells SOP project near Laverton, WA, could churn out annual pre-tax free cash flows of $100 million via the production of 150,000 tonnes of SOP per year according to its much-anticipated definitive feasibility study. Capex for the project has been estimated at $208 million including a $20 million contingency, while pre-tax net present value was estimated at $665 million.

Hawkstone lifts lithium clay exploration target by 15%

Hawkstone Mining has expanded the Exploration Target for its Big Sandy lithium clay project in Arizona state, US, by 15%, with new mapping and sampling in the Southern Mineralised Zone demonstrating similar geology to ore zones recently drilled further north. The updated Exploration Target now stands at between 280.1 million and 492.6 million tonnes grading from 1,000 ppm lithium to just over 2,000 ppm lithium.

Hot Chili maps out new anomaly at Cortadera

Hot Chili has identified a new conductivity and chargeability anomaly north of the Cuerpo 3 porphyry copper-gold ore system within its Cortadera project in central Chile, from reprocessed geophysical data. The company has also recorded visual chalcopyrite within mineralised porphyry over the entire extent of the first diamond hole in its Phase 2 drilling campaign at Cortadera.

Currans Find upgraded with new assays from Venus/Rox

Venus Metals and Rox Resources have revealed that 1m interval drilling assays from their Currans Find North gold discovery near Youanmi, WA, have provided significant upgrades to the initial 4m composite samples tabled earlier this month. New high-grade results included 3m @ 32.58g/t gold from 115m and 4m @ 9.25g/t gold from 46m down-hole, which contained a 2-metre section at 16.05g/t gold from 48m.

Anglo spruiks open cut gold potential at Mandilla East

Anglo Australian Resources’ diamond drilling campaign at its Mandilla East gold prospect near Kalgoorlie has returned a wide interval of 60.2 metres grading 3.79 grams per tonne gold from 65.8m down-hole and 64.7m @ 0.71g/t gold from 183m in the same drill hole. The company added that Mandilla East may be suitable for a future bulk tonnage, low-grade, open cut gold mining operation.

Buru expands oil production with Canning Basin well

Buru Energy is targeting further oil production from its Ungani oilfield in the onshore Canning Basin in Western Australia with the spudding of its Ungani-7H development well. The company plans to use a coiled tubing unit to drill the horizontal Ungani Dolomite reservoir sections of the earlier Ungani-6H and the current Ungani-7H wells in October, before placing both wells into production.

Legend reveals high grade Fraser Range base metal assays

Legend Mining has outlined the prospectivity of two advanced-stage nickel-copper sulphide occurrences within its proposed “Ponton JVA 2019” joint venture tenements with the Creasy Group in the evolving Fraser Range province in WA. The company revealed strongly anomalous drill intersections generated from the Octagonal prospect, including 82m @ 0.18% nickel, 0.15% copper and 0.01% cobalt from 168m down-hole.

Strike continues stunning run at Perth Basin gas well

Strike Energy could be sitting on a major new gas discovery after drilling through a 41m gas net pay zone at its West Erregulla-2 well in Western Australia’s Perth Basin. Average porosities are good too at 14.3% in the primary Kingia sandstone target. Management said the result compares favourably with log data from the nearby producing Waitsia gas field that created quite a stir when it was discovered.

MGC kicks off Slovenian medical cannabis research project

ASX-listed MGC Pharmaceuticals has partnered with the Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing, or “IHPS”, to carry out a ground-breaking, large-scale research project on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The research will focus on the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes and the standardisation of the process for isolating and extracting an active pharmaceutical ingredient for medicinal use.

Adriatic expands base metal footprint in Bosnia

Adriatic Metals has generated additional high-grade base metal drilling results adjacent to its flagship Rupice deposit in central Bosnia, just a month after producing a maiden JORC-compliant mineral resource for the ore body. New intersections include 38m @ 6.2% zinc, 3.8% lead, 174g/t silver, 1.9g/t gold, 0.4% copper and 33% barite from 208m and 20m @ 2% zinc, 2.8% lead, 96g/t silver, 0.3g/t gold and 0.6% copper from 254m.

PharmAust gears up for dog cancer trials

PharmAust’s subsidiary, Epichem, has received a shipment of Monepantel tablets from the US and will now distribute the drugs to veterinarians starting this week to commence its Phase II anti-cancer drug trials in dogs. The company completed successful tablet safety and blood level tests earlier this year and with tablet shelf-life stability tests now finalised, the company can commence the trials.

Nusantara snags new CEO to drive Indo gold project

Nusantara Resources has appointed a new CEO to fast-track the development of its Awak Mas gold project in Indonesia. Mining veteran Neil Whitaker has joined the company in a Jakarta-based role, where he will utilise his expertise in the Asia-Pacific region to drive the project forward. Mr Whitaker previously worked as the COO for PT Petrosea Tbk, a subsidiary of the company’s strategic partner in Indonesia, Indika Energy.

MGC to conduct medical cannabis driving trials

MGC Pharmaceuticals is set to kick off a controlled trial to discover if its medical cannabis product for the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy has any impact on driving performance. The trial seeks to overturn legislation that forbids medical cannabis users from driving and will also provide safety data required for the European Medicines Agency and Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration product registration.

88 Energy snags UK oil firm for Alaska play

88 Energy has brought on UK oil and gas independent Premier Oil as its farm-in partner for the conventional rights at the project known as “Project Icewine” in the famed North Slope oil province. Premier will earn 60% in Area A of Project Icewine’s conventional oil rights by drilling a USD$23m well to appraise the historical Malguk-1 discovery well that intersected 251 feet of light oil pay in the Torok formation.

Anticipation building at Strike’s Perth Basin well

Strike Energy has observed that the primary objective at its multi-target West Erregulla-2 well in the Perth Basin, Western Australia, may hold the same excellent reservoirs seen at the neighbouring Waitsia gas field. Cuttings from the Kingia sandstones drilled to date include clean sands with some evidence of grains being coated in chlorite, a mineral that is a key element required for the preservation of porosity at depth.

Novo unearths more coarse gold nuggets at Egina

Novo Resources is building up excitement at its Egina project in the Pilbara, WA, after a bulk sampling program of surface gravels recovered significant quantities of gold nuggets at grades well above typical alluvial gold deposits. The company said the gold is coarse enough to extract without using water and is evaluating whether the ores could be extracted using simple and cheap mining methods like continuous mining.

Vonex files unique App patent

Vonex has filed a new application with the Australian Patent Office to secure additional intellectual property protection over the unique message functionality of its game-changing “Oper8tor” communications app. The company is also carrying out more work to stabilise the app’s performance in relation to the increased complexity of two-factor authentication, a security feature that is common amongst social media platforms.

Infinity Lithium delivers exceptional PFS for San Jose

Infinity Lithium has delivered outstanding pre-feasibility study results for its fully integrated San José project in Spain, revealing that the operation will produce a pre-tax net present value of USD$860m and an internal rate of return of 42%. The project has an initial life of mine of 30 years and the company will both mine lithium mineralisation from the operation and process the ores into battery-grade lithium hydroxide products.

Lithium Australia advances spodumene processing tech

Lithium Australia is expanding its potential lithium chemical product suite with its “LieNA” lithium processing technology transitioning from a scoping study to a more comprehensive pre-feasibility study. The technology converts fine spodumene that would normally confound conventional processors into a suite of battery chemicals including lithium phosphate, hydroxide, sulphate or chloride salts.

High grade rare earths for Northern in Kimberley

Northern Minerals has delivered high grades of rare earth element mineralisation from drilling its regional prospects at the Browns Range operation near Halls Creek in WA. Results include 16.59m @ 7.53% TREO from 27m at the Dazzler deposit and 4.43m @ 8.07% TREO from 21m at Iceman, up to 10 times the total mineral resource grade currently being mined from the operation 15km to the north.

MGC to tap UK markets with London listing

Medicinal marijuana player, MGC Pharmaceuticals, is looking to tap into one of Europe’s largest public markets through a dual listing on the London Stock Exchange in the second half of the 2019 calendar year. The company will be one of the first medical cannabis companies to list in the UK since legislation was changed in 2018 to allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients.

Rox bulks up nickel exposure in WA

Rox Resources has signed a binding term sheet to earn up to a 75% interest in Cullen Resources’ Mt Eureka tenements that host extensions of the company’s existing Fisher East nickel deposits. Rox can earn a 51% stake in Mt Eureka by spending $1m on exploration within three years and the remaining 24% by spending an additional $1m on exploration over a further three-year period.



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.

Novo has nearly 90% gold recoveries in the Pilbara

Pilbara conglomerate gold theorist, Novo Resources, has generated encouraging gold recoveries of up to nearly 90% from ore sorting trials at its Comet Well project located near Karratha in WA. The trials produced ore grades up to 792.4g/t in sorted gold concentrates and additional work will now be undertaken at smaller crush sizes and on oxidised ore samples to optimise gold recoveries even further.

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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.