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To: LoneClone who wrote (36)1/25/2012 10:04:58 AM
From: maxi13
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You sure there isn't an other one?

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To: maxi13 who wrote (37)1/25/2012 12:31:16 PM
From: LoneClone
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here's my watchlist. You check.



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To: LoneClone who wrote (38)1/25/2012 2:13:41 PM
From: Veteran98
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Some interesting comments on Graphite at Canaccord yesterday. I have to admit I don't really know much about graphite and I can't remember who at the Cambridge show was asked a question about graphite and the answer was more or less "duh"


Focus Metals* (FMS : TSX-V : $0.71), Net Change: -0.02, % Change: -2.74%, Volume: 347,843

Northern Graphite* (NGC : TSX-V : $1.28), Net Change: -0.04, % Change: -3.03%, Volume: 239,180

Energizer Resources* (EGZ : TSX : $0.29), Net Change: 0.06, % Change: 26.09%, Volume: 856,137

Strike Gold* (SRK : TSX-V : $0.25), Net Change: -0.01, % Change: -2.00%, Volume: 131,700

Orocan Resources* (OR : TSX-V : $0.38), Net Change: 0.00, % Change: 0.00%, Volume: 150,950

Not just for pencils and golf clubs.
Graphite is an essential component in lithium-ion batteries which typically require 11 to 13

times more graphite than lithium. Just as lithium and lithium-related equities became the soup-de-jour not too long ago because

of the metals use in batteries and consumer electronics, the word graphite is now started to create quite a buzz. Whether or not

graphite and graphite-related equities are going to be mainstays on the screens of resource investors, only time will tell.

However, more and more industry professionals, analysts and investors are getting involved in the sector and betting a bullish

graphite market will stay long enough to provide attractive economic gains. In addition to the use of graphite in lithium-ion

batteries, millions of flexible graphite "heat spreaders" are used in consumer electronics such as flat panel displays, notebook

computers, laptops, tablets, LED lighting and smart phones. The graphite "heat spreader" provide excellent cooling for the

electronic components as it reduces "hot spot" temperatures while boosting power which results in extended product life and

improved performance. Other new uses for graphite include: i) Green Energy Storage; ii) Pebble Bed Nuclear Reactors; iii)

Graphene: and, iv) Infrared defence and stealth bomber technology. Graphene is being billed as a new miracle material is

beginning to gain worldwide attention and many in the scientific community speculate that it could revolutionize the world we

live in. It has remarkable optical, mechanical and electrical properties which make it substantially stronger than steel and at the

same time is highly elastic. Traditional uses (still being used) of graphite include: i) Steel Industry; ii) Automotive Sector; and,

iii) Lubricants, fire retardants and as a reinforcement in plastics. Annual graphite demand is expected to increase by over 50%

from 1.1 million tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes by 2020 based on the steel market alone. Demand from batteries and high-tech

applications are projected to be dramatic. Lithium-ion batteries are projected to more than double the demand for graphite to

about 2.6 million tonnes by 2020. Of total world graphite supply, 60-70% is amorphous (fine or powder) and is used for

traditional purposes such as automotive and steel making. While, 30-40% is flake, which is essential for producing batteries,

specifically lithium-ion, and for use in consumer electronics. China currently produces around 75% of the world's graphite or

about 800,000 tonnes of the estimated 1.1 million tonnes produced in calendar 2010. Most of China's resources are lower grade

amorphous. China is now the biggest importer of graphite and has closed state-owned enterprises this year to preserve its

graphite resources. Recently, the British Geological Survey listed graphite, along with antimony and rare earths, as most at risk

of global supply disruption. The U.S., who is a 100% importer of graphite, has joined China and the European Union in

classifying graphite as a critical strategic material. Some of the Canadian-listed junior graphite players include (from largest

market-cap to smallest): Focus Metals (Quebec); Northern Graphite (Ontario); Energizer Resources (Madagascar); Strike Gold

(Saskatchewan); and Orocan Resource, soon to be named "Standard Graphite" (Ontario and Quebec).

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To: Veteran98 who wrote (39)1/25/2012 2:33:28 PM
From: LoneClone
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This reinforces what Ralpffh said, go for the large flake deposits, the larger the flakes the better. I REALLY need to get my graphite DD done.


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From: cole steel1/26/2012 7:49:01 AM
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What is Graphene...
the 'wonder substance' set to revolutionise the electronics industry...

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From: cole steel1/26/2012 7:56:10 AM
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James West on BNN, about the next Big Boom in Metals, Graphite...

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To: maxi13 who wrote (35)1/26/2012 4:57:52 PM
From: northerner3
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Maxi13 TAX.P is one

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From: whenitgoesup1/27/2012 7:26:56 AM
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Miracle material graphene can distil booze, says study
Graphene and its derivatives display many unusual and useful properties
Continue reading the main story Related Stories
  • Knighthoods for graphene pioneers
  • Is Osborne a 'Science Chancellor'?
  • Bendy gadget future for graphene

  • Membranes based on the "miracle material" graphene can be used to distil alcohol, according to a new study in Science journal.

    An international team created the membrane from graphene oxide - a chemical derivative of graphene.

    They have shown that the membrane blocks the passage of several gases and liquids, but lets water through.

    This joins a long list of fascinating and unusual properties associated with graphene and its derivatives.

    Graphene is a form of carbon. It is a flat layer of carbon atoms tightly packed into a two-dimensional honeycomb arrangement.

    Because it is so thin, it is also practically transparent. As a conductor of electricity, it performs as well as copper; and as a conductor of heat, it outperforms all other known materials.

    The unusual electronic, mechanical and chemical properties of graphene at the molecular scale promise numerous applications.

    Continue reading the main story Graphene
    • Graphene is a form of carbon that exists as a sheet, one atom thick
    • Atoms are arranged into a two-dimensional honeycomb structure
    • Identification of graphene announced in October 2004
    • About 100 times stronger than steel and conducts electricity better than copper
    • About 1% of graphene mixed into plastics could turn them into electrical conductors
    • Analogous to millions of unrolled nanotubes stuck together
  • How sticky tape trick led to Nobel Prize

  • Andrei Geim and Konstantin Novoselov from the University of Manchester were awarded 2010's Nobel Prize in physics for their discovery, outlined in a scientific paper in 2004.

    Geim and others have now developed a laminate made from thin sheets of graphene oxide.

    These films were hundreds of times thinner than a human hair but remained strong, flexible and easy to handle.

    When a metal container was sealed with such a film, even the most sensitive equipment was unable to detect air or any other gas, including helium, leaking through.

    But when the researchers tried the same with water, they found that it evaporated without noticing the graphene seal. Water molecules diffused through the graphene-oxide membranes with such a great speed that the evaporation rate was the same whether the container was sealed or open.

    'Just for a laugh'

    Dr Rahul Nair from Manchester University, who led the team, commented: "Graphene oxide sheets arrange in such a way that between them there is room for exactly one layer of water molecules.

    He added: "If another atom or molecule tries the same trick, it finds that graphene capillaries either shrink in low humidity or get clogged with water molecules."

    Professor Geim added: "Helium gas is hard to stop. It slowly leaks even through a millimetre-thick window glass but our ultra-thin films completely block it. At the same time, water evaporates through them unimpeded. Materials cannot behave any stranger."

    Dr Nair said: "Just for a laugh, we sealed a bottle of vodka with our membranes and found that the distilled solution became stronger and stronger with time. Neither of us drinks vodka but it was great fun to do the experiment."

    Despite this, the researchers do not offer any immediate ideas for applications. But Professor Geim commented: "The properties are so unusual that it is hard to imagine that they cannot find some use in the design of filtration, separation or barrier membranes, and for selective removal of water."

    In another study in Science journal, a different team reports the development of a membrane based on diamond-like carbon. This membrane has unique pore sizes that allow for the ultra-fast passage of oil through it.

    One expert said it could potentially be used for filtering toxic contaminants out of water or for purifying industrial chemicals.

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    To: northerner3 who wrote (43)1/28/2012 1:53:23 PM
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    I hear Dines is getting involved in one in Sweden or New Zealand. Everyone is talking...

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    To: 4C who wrote (32)1/28/2012 2:06:14 PM
    From: Western Rookie
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    Lomiko applied for permits January 10th. 30 day turnaround time and 3 days to mobilize drills. 2 to 3 weeks for drilling 1,500 to 2,000 meters. That puts us wrapping up drilling right in time for PDAC. While everyone is saying drilling in the summer, Lomiko will be working on metallurgy and designing a phase two plan and working on a bought deal.

    HELLO?!?!?! What are you going to say about Paul then? Grabs a property and has drills turning in less than 2 months. Lest you guys forget about Norsemont? Another Paul Gill winner before he went into a dry spell.

    We got money irrespective of a financing to start the drills. It is also $100k cheaper to drill in winter b/c there are no reclamation costs so we have good incentive to get drilling now.

    The only reason Sheldon is selling is cuz he thinks he is getting in on the financing.

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