WednesdayFeb 07, 2024 11:15 am

Three Key Trends That Could Impact Rare Earths in 2024

A slew of developments and challenges significantly impacted the rare earth mining landscape in 2023. Rare earth elements or minerals are a group of different metallic elements that have a number of applications, including in consumer electronics, high-technology devices, renewable technologies such as electric cars, and the development of magnets for industrial and national security purposes. The sector experienced a surge of mergers and acquisitions, lower lithium prices, strategic action in the critical minerals sector by China, record gold prices and a challenging period for both nickel and cobalt. Below we look at factors that may affect rare earth minerals…

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TuesdayFeb 06, 2024 9:45 am

Groups Want Coal Ash Regulated More Stringently

More than 150 public interest groups have called for tighter regulation of coal ash after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed risk assessment revealing an elevated risk of cancer from coal ash radiation. The assessment revealed that there are additional radiation-related risks from coal ash use and included an arsenic draft toxicological assessment that found its cancer potency was 35 times higher. Coal ash is a residual material left after combusting coal for energy-generation purposes with a long history of being used as an additive in cement, grout and concrete as well as a filling material in…

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MondayFeb 05, 2024 11:30 am

Catalyst Surface Study Could Revolutionize Fertilizer Manufacturing

Stockholm University researchers conducting an ammonia catalyst surface study have made a breakthrough that could revolutionize fertilizer manufacturing. The scientists studied the surface of ruthenium and iron catalysts during the formation of ammonia from hydrogen and nitrogen for the first time ever and published their results in the journal “Nature.” Their findings gave a deeper understanding of the catalytic process involved in ammonia formation and opened the door to the discovery of more efficient fertilizer materials. Ammonia is a critical base chemical in fertilizer production. It is typically produced via the Haber-Bosch process, a technique that has been referred to…

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FridayFeb 02, 2024 12:58 pm

Recent Price Pullback Reaffirms Gold’s Bullish Trend

After several months of surging prices and rising investor interest, gold prices suffered a pullback during a recent sell-off. Fortunately, the pullback seems like a minor dip in gold’s bullishness that was driven mostly by modest gold futures selling. Similar periodic flares of bearishness are critical to keeping sentiment balanced as commodities such as gold experience an upleg. The precious metal has trended bullish for the past several months, thanks to increased investor interest in its safe-haven appeal. With the ongoing Gaza crisis triggering fears of a wider conflict that could impact global oil prices, investors are increasingly turning to…

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ThursdayFeb 01, 2024 2:24 pm

Study Suggests Coal Could Find New Uses in Semiconductors

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have found that coal may have applications in the electronics industry. NETL researchers have discovered a way of using coal in the semiconductor supply chain that could open the door to an era of 2D materials semiconductors. The research team created ultrathin insulating films using coal that have shown significant potential as an insulating material for 2D semiconductors. Silicon semiconductors have been used to build transistors for electronic devices for well over half a century. As the world’s demand for smaller and more powerful semiconductors has increased, so…

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WednesdayJan 31, 2024 12:31 pm

Jewelry Auction Window Ends on a High

The fall jewelry auction season in Chicago and New York is drawing to a close with major dealers such as Hindman, Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s enjoying relatively impressive sales. Despite unfavorable global conditions and the extended ban on Russian diamonds, many players are satisfied with the fall season’s sales numbers. Benjamin Goldberg from diamond dealer William Goldberg in New York says dealers saw “generally nice” sales and plenty of goods exchanging hands. He notes that diamond and diamond jewelry had a “pretty impressive market” and adds that while the season saw valleys and peaks, sales were on the upside by…

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WednesdayJan 31, 2024 10:30 am

GEMXX Corp. (GEMZ) Sequire Presentation Demonstrates Major Competitive Advantage with Control of the Mining Value Chain

GEMXX recently presented at the Sequire Investor Summit 2024, showing how their dgreater control of the mining value chain represents a significant competitive advantage The company shared its knowledge and expertise in all stages of its production, including gold mining, gemstone (Ammolite) production, jewelry manufacturing, and global distribution GEMXX continues to control all stages of its production, which enables it to manage its mining value chain and support its mine-to-market strategy According to a McKinsey report, mining companies that manage their value chain well can establish a significant source of competitive advantage and value creation GEMXX (OTC: GEMZ), a company…

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MondayJan 29, 2024 1:14 pm

Copper Market Turns Bearish as Demand Falters

Funds have begun adopting increasingly bearish stances on copper as the market reels from the sudden loss of 600,000 tons of expected copper supply. Most experts and the copper market itself expected to produce a surplus of copper in 2024, but the unexpected loss of more than one-half a million tons of copper supply threw the market into a sudden deficit. In late 2023, the Panama government instructed a Canadian mining and metals company to shut down its lucrative Cobre Panama copper mine after the country’s Supreme Court invalidated its operating license. The mine was responsible for 1% of the…

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FridayJan 26, 2024 12:25 pm

Looming Supply Deficit Could Make Copper Outperform Gold in 2024

American Pacific Mining Corp CEO Warwick Smith has revealed that copper could outperform gold in 2024 due to a looming supply deficit. Gold has made significant gains in recent months as the ongoing Gaza crisis increased fears of a broader war in the oil-production region and pushed more investors to the precious metal. However, Smith noted during a recent Kitco News interview that supply issues in the copper supply chain could help the metal outperform gold. Smith said that while gold will remain an important product in American Pacific Mining Corp’s lineup, copper is his “favorite metal for the moment”…

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FridayJan 26, 2024 9:00 am

GEMXX Corp. (GEMZ) Continues on Path to Disrupt Gold and Gemstone Industries

GEMXX recently provided an update to shareholders outlining its 2023 milestones and expansion plans for 2024 and beyond In 2023, the company acquired a 50% interest in Crazy Horse Mining Inc. (“CHMI”), a Canadian exploration company whose assets include 100% interest in two gold projects in British Columbia GEMXX, in collaboration with CHMI, completed the clean-out of the Snow Creek property and recorded positive results showing that the processing of the stockpile yielded 0.929 ounces of gold per 100 cubic yards The company has engaged independent experts to complete S-K 1300 reports on its gold and Ammolite assets to enable…

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