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Strong geophysical targets for Myanmar at Bawdwin

Myanmar Metals has delineated strong indications of potential shallow conductive base metal sulphide mineralisation at the prospective ER Valley exploration target area, just southeast of its flagship Bawdwin multi-commodity resource in Myanmar. The area has numerous artisanal workings and anomalous zinc, lead and silver assay being recorded from historical diamond drilling and sludge samples taken from horizonal adits. Elevated copper, cobalt and nickel values have also been recorded.

Tyranna hits near surface gold in SA

Tyranna Resources has intersected near surface gold peaking at a top grade of 11.6g/t gold from resource drilling at the Campfire Bore prospect of its Jumbuck project in South Australia. The results keep the company on track to upgrade and increase confidence in the existing inferred mineral resource of 2.78Mt @ 1.2g/t gold for 109,000 ounces for Campfire Bore.

BlackEarth has large flake graphite in Madagascar

BlackEarth Minerals’ initial metallurgical test work has produced a high grade 96% TGC concentrate with large flake graphite making up more than 52% of its content from composite material obtained from the Razafy prospect. Test work is ongoing on both oxide and primary ore mineralisation from Razafy to establish a preliminary flow sheet design for the current scoping study.

High vanadium recoveries from King River’s Speewah ores

King River Copper has reported encouraging recoveries of vanadium, titanium and iron from separate programs of metallurgical test work underway on ore composites from its flagship Speewah project, located in the Kimberley of WA. The company is seeking the most commercially viable processing route for the ores and to determine the suite of downstream products it can technically generate for the market from the massive project.

Blackstone identifies priority target in Canada

Blackstone Minerals has identified the Jewel copper-gold-cobalt prospect in British Columbia as its highest priority drill target after soil sampling identified a 1.5km long copper-gold-cobalt target that sits over a recently identified IP anomaly, that was interpreted to be a potentially large sulphide bearing body. New surface rock chip samples at the Jewel prospect have also returned results of up to 5.6% copper.

High grade vanadium upgrade to Venus’ Youanmi ores

Venus Metals’ preliminary beneficiation test work has increased the grade of an oxide composite sample from its Youanmi vanadium project in the Murchison region of WA from 0.58% V2O5 to 0.8% V2O5. This allowed 40% of the mass to be rejected, which could reduce the downstream processing volume and acid consumption. It could also allow Venus to avoid the high capital and operating costs associated with mill processing.

Altech secures vital HPA production patent

Altech Chemicals has been awarded a key patent from the Australian Patent Office for its proprietary process for the production of high purity alumina from all types of aluminous clay including kaolin, using hydrochloric acid. This enables the company to protect its intellectual property as it progresses development of its proposed HPA plant in Malaysia and associated kaolin mine near Meckering in WA.

Spectrum acquires another historic gold mine in WA

Spectrum Metals has acquired the historic Penny West gold mine, located 30km south of the mothballed Youanmi operation in WA. The open pit mine was last worked in 1992 and produced over 85,000 ounces at a staggering grade of 21.8g/t gold. The deposit has a remaining resource of 230,000 tonnes grading 4.8g/t gold for 36,000 ounces, with significant exploration and development potential on two granted mining leases.

Northern Minerals draws $27m in funding

Northern Minerals has received a $25m investment from China’s NRE Industrial Group Limited, which is subscribing for 240.4m shares in the company for between 9c and 11c per share. A new private investor is also subscribing for $2m worth of shares priced at 9c each. The funds will be used to progress development of the Browns Range heavy rare earths pilot plant project in the Kimberley region of WA.

Spectur revenue rockets up 161%

Perth-based security surveillance company Spectur has reported revenues of $1.1 million for the September 2018 quarter, up 161% from the corresponding quarter of 2017. The company is also starting trials of its new Shark Warning System, which is based on its solar powered, stand alone, cloud-based HD4 cameras, with the Augusta Margaret River Shire Council in November this year.

PharmAust progresses to next step in dog drug tests

ASX listed biotech PharmAust now has sufficient data from testing of different tablet prototypes of its flagship Monepantel anti-cancer drug to take the best performing and most economical tablet for GMP manufacturing. The selected tablets will be used in formal dose escalation studies in healthy Beagle dogs to determine the maximum dose that can be given and with what safety margin.

More notable copper/gold rock chips for Hammer in Qld

Hammer Metals’ ongoing rock chip program has returned some extraordinary high grade results of up to 18.4g/t gold, 76g/t silver and 15.15% copper at the new Toby prospect near Mt Isa, Queensland. Follow-up sampling of and mapping of both the Toby and Charlie prospects is underway with results expected soon. The company will also carry out a sub audio magnetics survey and RC drill program at the Perentie project.

Artemis relishing resource update for Carlow Castle

Artemis Resources says it finally has a good handle on the geology at its intriguing cobalt-gold-copper ore system at the company's Calow Castle project near Karatha after throwing nearly 25,000 metres of drilling at it this year. The existing resource of 4.5 million tonnes grading 0.9g/t gold, 0.07% cobalt, 0.4% copper and 1.3g/t silver dates from January 2018.

Shallow gold hits for Calidus in Pilbara

Calidus Resources has intersected wide zones of high grade gold at its Coronation prospect, 12km west of its flagship Klondyke resource in the east Pilbara. Results include a 10m intersection grading 4.69g/t gold from 57m and 5m @ 4.48g/t gold from 35m down-hole. The company’s drill rigs are going flat out at the Warrawoona gold project, targeting ore extensions both down-dip and along strike.

King River onto new high grade gold zone in Kimberley

King River Copper’s Mt Remarkable project near Kununurra is continuing to live up to its name with recent drilling unearthing a new, 9m long high grade gold zone going 2.78 grams per tonne gold from 45m down-hole including 1m @ 12.45g/t gold. Step out drilling to the east also returned 5.76g/t gold, confirming the company’s belief that multiple high-grade zones exist on the Trudi vein.

Galena kicks off DFS for Abra lead-silver project

Galena Mining has kicked off a definitive feasibility study for its flagship Abra lead-silver project located north of Meekatharra just weeks after unveiling its PFS that highlighted an impressive pre-tax NPV of $528m. The study is expected to be completed in mid-2019 and the company is also on track to start construction in 2019 with initial production expected in 2021.

MGC gains tick of approval cannabis epilepsy drug

MGC Pharmaceuticals has reached a major milestone after receiving formal authorisation to sell its CannEpil medical cannabis based epilepsy treatment in Australia through specialist prescribers under the Authorised Prescriber Scheme. This signals the start of commercial-scale production of CannEpil at MGC’s EU GMP certified facility in Slovenia. CannEpil is expected to generate $1m in annualised revenues from an initial base of about 100 patients.

Rods are turning for Tyranna in South Australia

Tyranna Resources and JV partner Alliance Resources, have commenced a regional aircore drilling program at its interesting looking Weednanna East prospect this week. The prospect is 1km east of their Weednanna gold deposit that holds 1.1 million tonnes grading 5.1g/t gold for 181,000 ounces. The program will test existing gold soil anomalies and build on previous drilling, which returned elevated gold results adjacent to known northwest faults.

Novo ups Pilbara gold resource to 667,000 ounces

Canadian listed conglomerate gold specialist Novo Resources has revealed a significant increase in mineral resources at its Beatons Creek gold project near Nullagine in WA. The resource now sits at 8.38 million tonnes grading 2.47 grams per tonne gold for 667,000 ounces. The company also said that its highly anticipated assays from bulk sampling of gold-bearing conglomerates at the Comet Well project near Karratha are due in October.

Northern set to double rare earth grade via ore sorting

Northern Minerals says that ore sorting tests of stockpiled ore at its Browns Range rare earths mine has the potential to double the mineral grade to about 2% total rare earth oxide. The test work used sensors to sort the rare earth mineralisation from waste rock based on its bulk density and magnetic properties and the company says it could set up ore sorting infrastructure for just $4m.

Coziron finds more Pilbara gold in old auger samples

Coziron Resources’ assays of historic auger drilling at the Croydon Top Camp gold project in the Pilbara have returned a maximum result of 25g/t gold compared to the historic 8g/t gold originally produced. Upgraded levels of “pathfinder elements” for lode-style gold mineralisation were also encountered with results from the re-assaying of 182 auger pulps across the project to be used to help discern new drill targets.

Altech close to wrapping up Alumina plant finance

Altech Chemicals is closing in on securing the balance of funds it requires for its high purity alumina project with due diligence on the proposed mezzanine debt facility expected to be completed by the end of November. Stage 1 construction of its HPA plant in Malaysia, which is already funded, will run in parallel to finance close.

55% uplift in Whundo copper/zinc resource for Artemis

Artemis Resources has revealed an impressive 55% increase in copper and zinc resources at its Whundo mine near Karratha in WA. The new estimate of 2.67 million tonnes grading 1.14% copper and 1.12% zinc includes a near surface oxide resource of 383,000 tonnes grading 1.78% copper. The resource update is timely, as prices for copper and zinc have doubled over the last 10 years since the mine was mothballed.

Bassett takes seat on PharmAust board

PharmAust has appointed Westar Capital chairman Neville Bassett as a non-executive director, replacing Dr Wayne Best who is retiring. Dr Best will remain as chairman of the company’s wholly owned subsidiary Epichem. Pharmaust is poised to start clinical trials for its Monepantel anti-cancer drug on canine subjects soon.

Vonex set to beta test innovative teleconferencing app

Recently listed Vonex is poised to start beta testing of its innovative Oper8tor APP that can seamlessly link voice calls and messages across multiple platforms and devices around the world. The company will seek to commercialise the technology via the teleconferencing service provision industry with Beta testing to involve up to 5,000 controlled users ahead of a planned launch of the ground breaking technology in 2019.

Serious cobalt-gold grades for Blackstone in Canada

Blackstone Minerals has confirmed a significant new discovery of high grade cobalt and gold mineralisation at its Erebor prospect in British Columbia, Canada. It is the first new find of cobalt in the district since the 1930s with rock chip samples going up to 2.3% cobalt and just over an ounce to the tonne gold, with some highly anomalous copper and nickel results thrown in for good measure.

BlackEarth unearths exceptional graphite rock chip

BlackEarth Minerals has identified new high grade target zones at its Maniry graphite project in southern Madagascar with rock chip sampling returned jaw dropping grades of up to 48% total graphitic carbon. These zones are located in the underexplored northwest corner of the project and will be tested during the trenching program that is due to start this month.

Bellevue racks up bonanza gold hits at Viago

Bellevue Gold’s drilling program at the Viago lode at the Bellevue gold project in WA’s Goldfields region continues to return high grade hits including an intersection of 3m @ 85.9g/t gold from 597m down-hole which contains a 0.5m section going a whopping 445g/t gold. Step out drilling will be carried out to define the limits of the Viago lode, which remains open in all directions.

Delecta backs up historic cobalt numbers in USA

Delecta Limited has reported high grade samples going up to 7.1% cobalt and 12.4% copper from its new Highline project in southern Nevada, USA. The project is surrounded by 4 historical cobalt mines in the Goodsprings district and initial geological mapping has outlined the potential for multiple lodes of mineralisation adjacent to the Highline mine workings. Highly anomalous zinc and lead assays were also returned from the Pocahontas claim.

Affinity signs cannabis and algae MoU

Affinity Energy & Health has signed an MoU with Skin Elements to investigate the use of its algae based products and cannabis oils in Skin Elements’ range of natural skin care products. Commercial terms and financial arrangements will be negotiated at an appropriate time as product development initiatives progress.

Middle Island turns out solid gold numbers at Sandstone

Middle Island Resources has reported some solid assay results from an infill and extensional resource development drill program at its Wirraminna gold deposit near Sandstone in WA. Best results include 6m @ 6.62g/t from 84m down-hole and 14m @ 1.82g/t from 82m down-hole. The new results will be used to update the company’s existing mineral resource estimate of 550,000 tonnes grading 1.32g/t gold for 23,000 ounces.



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.

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. 

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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.