Sunday, March 26, 2017

The rush for cobalt in Cobalt, Ontario

There's a new gold rush underway in northern Ontario, but the demand is for a metal that is used in everything from smart phones to electric cars. More than a dozen mining companies are staking out claims in Cobalt, Ontario as price of the mineral with the same name rises.

The town of Cobalt is located along the Quebec border and is best known for the massive amounts of silver that were extracted a century ago.
The mining industry hasn't seen much action in the community for decades, but that's changing as demand for the metal grows. More than half the world's supply of cobalt is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, where child labor is common.

Booming town of Cobalt, 1906
A year and a half ago, a pound of Cobalt cost $10. Now it's more than doubled. Demand for the mineral is expected to double in the next 3-5 years.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Evidence of Viking 'Sunstone' Found

Ancient lore says the Vikings used special crystals to find their way under cloudy skies. Though none of these so-called "sunstones" have ever been found at Viking archaeological sites, a crystal uncovered in a British shipwreck in 2013 could help prove they did exist. The crystal was found amongst the wreckage of the Alderney, an Elizabethan warship that sank near the Channel Islands in 1592.
A chemical analysis confirmed that the stone was Icelandic Spar, or calcite crystal, believed to be the Vikings' mineral of choice for their fabled sunstones, first mentioned in the 13th-century Viking saga of Saint Olaf.

Today, the Alderney crystal would be useless for navigation, because it has been abraded by sand and clouded by magnesium salts. But in better days, such a stone would have bent light in a helpful way for seafarers.
The rhombohedral shape of calcite crystals refract light in such a way to create a double image. If you were to look at someone's face through a clear chunk of Icelandic spar, you would see two faces. But if the crystal is held in just the right position, the double image becomes a single image and you know the crystal is pointing east-west.

Researchers say the crystal could be used to determine the sun's location with an accuracy of one degree, even when it was invisible to the naked eye.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Treasure of Gourdon

The Treasure of Gourdon was unearthed near Gourdon, SaĆ“ne-et-Loire, France in 1845. It is believed the hoard was hidden soon after 524. When it was found, the hoard comprised a chalice and a rectangular paten, together with about a hundred gold coins dating from the reigns of Byzantine emperors Leo I (457–474) through that of Justin I (518–527).

In the sixth century Gourdon was the site of a monastery. The treasure may have been hastily buried in anticipation of a raid. A shepherd girl, Louise Forest, discovered it below a Roman tile engraved with a cross. The treasure was sold at auction in Paris in 1846 with the paten and chalice acquired by the state.

Zecotek Photonics Inc. - ZMS.v

Zecotek Photonics Inc. - ZMS.v is a photonics technology company commercializing high-performance scintillation crystals, photo detectors, positron emission tomography scanning technologies, 3D auto-stereoscopic displays, 3D printers and associated technologies for applications in healthcare, scientific and industrial, markets.

On March 21, 2017 the company released News

Zecotek Photonics Inc. (TSX-V: ZMS; Frankfurt: W1I; OTCPK: ZMSPF), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for industrial, healthcare and scientific markets, is pleased to provide an update to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Chinese medical OEM to purchase LFS scintillation crystals for a new line of medical scanners as previously announced on March 23, 2016. The MOU called for Zecotek’s wholly owned subsidiary Zecotek Imaging Systems to supply LFS crystal elements to the Chinese OEM for up to 200 positron emission tomography (PET) medical scanners over the next 5 years, for clinics and hospitals across China. Due to the changing medical scanner landscape in China, the proposed agreement now calls for the Chinese OEM to purchase LFS crystal based arrays through the Shanghai EBO Optoelectronics Company (EBO).




Thursday, March 23, 2017

dynaCERT Inc. - DYA.v

dynaCERT Inc. - DYA.v specializes in delivering Carbon Emission Reduction Technologies to a global marketplace. The company produces a reliable and effective electrolysis unit that generates hydrogen and oxygen on demand to: (A) address the growing requirements to reduce emissions; and (B) provide an increase in fuel economy.
The HygraGen™ unit is proven to deliver the ability to reduce emissions, increase torque, and improve engine oil quality.

On March 10, 2017 the company released News

Certain major shareholders including directors of DynaCERT Inc. have extended the formal strategic voluntary lock-up agreement and increased the total from 55 million in September, 2016, to over 72 million shares effective immediately. The voluntary lock-up agreement stipulates that these shareholders shall not assign, deal in, pledge, sell, trade or transfer in any manner whatsoever, or agree to do so in the future, any of the shares or any beneficial interest in them, on or before July 31, 2017.