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  • Astronomers just discovered a rare dwarf galaxy that's loaded with precious elements

    05/23/2016 5:24:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 5/23/16 | BEC CREW
    Scientists have been searching for the origin of some of the most precious metals on Earth - including gold, silver, and platinum - for almost six decades. And now we might finally have the answer. Heavy, and often valuable elements like these are called r-process elements, and they require an incredible amount of energy to produce. So far, no one's been able to explain how they came to exist in the Universe. But the discovery that an ancient dwarf galaxy called Reticulum II - about 98,000 light-years from Earth - has stars that contain a "whopping" amount of these metals...
  • UBS Is About To Blow The Cover On A Massive Gold-Rigging Scandal

    09/28/2015 5:06:30 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 83 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 28 Sep 15 | Tyler Durden
    With countless settlements documenting the rigging of every single asset class, it was only a matter of time before the regulators - some 10 years behind the curve as usual - finally cracked down on gold manipulation as well, even though as we have shown in the past, central banks in general and the Fed in particular are among the biggest gold manipulators. That said, we are confident by now nobody will be surprised that there was manipulation going on in the gold casino. In fact, ever since Germany's Bafin launched a probe into Deutsche Bank for gold and silver...
  • New US space mining law to spark interplanetary gold rush

    12/08/2015 11:11:12 AM PST · by simpson96 · 36 replies ^ | 12/8/2015 | Luc Olinga
    Flashing some interplanetary gold bling and sipping "space water" might sound far-fetched, but both could soon be reality, thanks to a new US law that legalizes cosmic mining.In a first, President Barack Obama signed legislation at the end of November that allows commercial extraction of minerals and other materials, including water, from asteroids and the moon. That could kick off an extraterrestrial gold rush, backed by a private aeronautics industry that is growing quickly and cutting the price of commercial space flight. The US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 says that any materials American individuals or companies find...
  • Asteroid worth Ł3 TRILLION in precious metals set to pass Earth on Sunday

    07/17/2015 1:58:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies ^ | Updated: 11:50 EST, 17 July 2015 | By Jack Millner
    An asteroid worth a potential Ł3.5 trillion ($5.4 trillion) is due to pass by Earth on Sunday, and you can watch it live from 11pm UK time (6.30pm ET). Asteroid 2011 UW-158's fly-by will be streamed live on the internet from an observatory in the Canary Islands. The space rock has attracted the attention of asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, because it is thought to have a 100 million ton core of platinum that the company might one day want to exploit. Asteroid 2011 UW-158 will pass within 1.5 million miles (2.4 million km) from Earth on Sunday - 30...
  • Pelosi and the Treasure Island land grab

    08/18/2010 11:00:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies ^ | August 18, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Speaker Mop & Glo made headlines for her call to investigate opponents of the Ground Zero mosque, but there was something else about her remarks that should have raised your hackles: “There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we...
  • South Africa labor talks sink platinum, palladium

    04/21/2014 12:39:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 3:02 PM EDT
    Platinum and palladium prices are dropping sharply on signs that South African mining companies are close to reaching a labor agreement that would end a four-month strike. Platinum fell $28, or 2 percent, to close at $1,400.70 an ounce. Palladium lost $29.30, or 3.6 percent, to $777.80 an ounce. …
  • Earth's Inner Fort Knox [Earth's core has 1.6 quadrillion tons of gold]

    12/13/2006 10:58:55 PM PST · by grundle · 56 replies · 1,851+ views
    Discover magazine ^ | September 2006 | Anne Wootton
    Searching for a pot of gold? Try the center of the Earth. More than 99 percent of Earth's gold is missing—it all sank to the center of the planet billions of years ago. In fact, says geologist Bernard Wood of Macquarie University in Australia, there's enough gold in Earth's core to coat its surface in 1.5 feet of the stuff. How did it get there? Earth formed from a series of smaller planetesimals that crashed together over the course of 30 million to 40 million years. Wood deduced how much gold ought to be present in Earth's crust by comparing...
  • Meet the Man Who Wants to Mine the Moon

    10/18/2011 3:42:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies ^ | 10/18/11 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    The moon is made of far more valuable stuff than green cheese. And one man wants to capitalize on that fact. NASA, which ended America's space shuttle program in June, says it wants to privatize spaceflight. Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of Moon Express, Inc., wants to go a step further: He wants to privatize the moon itself. Jain's company plans to piggyback on private shuttle flights, using them to carry his lunar landers and mining platforms to the moon. "People ask, why do we want to go back to the moon? Isn't it just barren soil?" Jain told
  • The billionaire who wants to harvest the moon

    04/04/2014 2:35:10 AM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies
    Yahoo/CNBC ^ | April 3, 2014 | Susan Caminiti
    As a child growing up in rural India in the 1960s and 1970s, Naveen Jain would gaze up at the moon and imagine a life beyond his modest surroundings. Today he's still gazing at the moon, but for far different reasons. Jain, 55, is co-founder of Moon Express, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that's aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year. This serial entrepreneur-he founded Internet companies Infospace and Intelius-believes that the moon holds precious metals and rare minerals that can be brought back to help address Earth's energy, health and resource challenges. Among...
  • Fuel cells put in the frame with catalysts that need far less platinum

    03/01/2014 10:05:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 28 February 2014 | Tim Wogan
    The platinum nanoframes have 22 times the sepcific catalytic activity of standard electrodes © Science/AAASUS scientists have created an exceptional fuel cell catalyst that contains far less platinum – conventional catalysts need 36 times more platinum to hit the same levels of activity. The manufacturing process, which was discovered by accident, uses simple techniques that the researchers believe can be easily scaled-up. The work could help to make fuel cells economically viable for applications such as cars as the precious metal makes up much of the cost of the cell.Fuel cells react hydrogen with oxygen to produce water, using the...
  • Precious Metals are Plummeting! [VANITY]

    04/12/2013 3:36:18 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 69 replies ^ | April 12, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Wow, look what I noticed today? The European fiscal crisis must have triggered this.. Gold: $1,478/oz Silver: $25.95/oz. Platinum: $1,491.00/oz.
  • If Obama Can Just Create A Trillion Dollar Coin, Then Why Do We Have To Pay Taxes?

    01/12/2013 11:20:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/12/2013 | Michael Snyder
    If Barack Obama can "solve" the debt ceiling crisis by printing up some trillion dollar coins, then why does the federal government need our money? As another debt ceiling showdown approaches, many in the liberal media are suggesting that if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling that Obama should just have the U.S. Treasury create a trillion dollar platinum coin and use it to pay our bills. It sounds crazy, but many notable voices (including Paul Krugman of the New York Times) are supporting this idea. But if the federal government has had the power to create trillion...
  • $1 trillion platinum coin hogwash – if it should happen, buy gold and silver

    01/11/2013 5:19:18 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Mineweb ^ | 11 jan 2013 | Lawrence Williams
    Far be it for me to argue with a Nobel prizewinning economist, members of Congress and however many thousands have signed the White House petition to mint it, but this whole idea of a trillion dollar platinum coin is ludicrous.
  • Pennies, 40-Ton Trillion Dollar Platinum Coins and Our Impossible Deficits and Debt

    01/06/2013 11:56:56 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 14 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/06/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Jodie Miller of NewsBusted has a great clip where she points out that it costs 2 cents to produce 1 cent. And by government standards, that’s a bargain. This brings me to the inane calls for manufacturing trillion dollar coins made of platinum. As I have discussed before, this would send a signal of fear throughout the world that the USA has no intention of cutting spending, lowering its trillion dollar plus debt and escalating its $16 trillion debt. But for the sake of discussion, platinum is currently trading at $1,560 an ounce. In order to produce a trillion dollar...
  • Insane: Liberals Contemplate $1 Trillion Platinum Coin to "Solve" Debt Limit Issue

    12/08/2012 10:32:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 162 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/08/2012 | Guy Benson
    Welcome to Zimbabwe.  This is not a parody -- it is an actual report from the Washington Post:   Some economists and legal scholars have suggested that the “platinum coin option” is one way to defuse a crisis if Congress can’t or won’t lift the debt ceiling soon. At least in theory. The U.S. government is, after all, facing a real problem. The Treasury Department will hit its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit by next February at the latest. Unless Congress reaches an agreement to raise that borrowing limit, the government will no longer be able to borrow enough money...
  • Strange Days: Print Two-One Trillion Dollar Coins to Solve Debt Ceiling Crisis?

    12/09/2012 10:31:28 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 23 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/09/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Washington Post had interesting article about solving the debt ceiling “crisis.” The author recommended that Treasury produce two-one trillion dollar platinum coins and deposit them at The Fed. “I like it,” says Joseph Gagnon of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “There’s nothing that’s obviously economically problematic about it.” Actually, Mr. Gagnon, there are a few problems with it. 1. Moral hazard. The President orders trillion dollar coins to be produced, then gives one each to campaign donors and other party favorites (note that I did not mention our current President by name since this would be a temptation...
  • Strange Days: Print Two-One Trillion Dollar Coins to Solve Debt Ceiling Crisis?

    12/09/2012 10:31:28 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/09/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Washington Post had interesting article about solving the debt ceiling “crisis.” The author recommended that Treasury produce two-one trillion dollar platinum coins and deposit them at The Fed. “I like it,” says Joseph Gagnon of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “There’s nothing that’s obviously economically problematic about it.” Actually, Mr. Gagnon, there are a few problems with it. 1. Moral hazard. The President orders trillion dollar coins to be produced, then gives one each to campaign donors and other party favorites (note that I did not mention our current President by name since this would be a temptation...
  • Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

    11/27/2012 11:56:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | 24th November 2012 12:01 GMT
    Isn't it exciting that Planetary Resources is going to jet off and mine the asteroids? This is every teenage sci-fi geek's dream, that everything we imbibed from Verne through Heinlein to Pournelle is going to come true! But there's always someone, isn't there, someone like me, ready to spoil the party. The bit that I cannot get my head around is the economics of it: specifically, the economics of the mining itself. In terms of the basic processing of what they want to do I can't see a problem at all, just as all those authors those years ago could...
  • South Africa police say they killed 34 platinum miners

    08/18/2012 3:08:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    <p>JOHANNESBURG — Frantic wives searched for missing loved ones, President Jacob Zuma rushed home from a regional summit and some miners vowed a fight to the death Friday as police finally announced the toll from the previous day's shooting by officers of striking platinum miners: 34 dead and 78 wounded.</p>
  • Treasure hunter says he found $3B WWII wreck

    02/01/2012 5:32:12 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 20 replies
    AP via Stars and Stripes ^ | Feb 1, 2012 | CLARKE CANFIELD
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A treasure hunter said Wednesday he has located the wreck of a British merchant ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod during World War II while carrying what he claims was a load of platinum bars now worth more than $3 billion. If the claim proves true, it could be one of the richest sunken treasures ever discovered. But an attorney for the British government expressed doubt the vessel was carrying platinum. And if it was, in fact, laden with precious metals, who owns the hoard could become a matter of international...
  • $3B WWII Shipwreck Located in Boston Harbor's Back Yard by Sub Sea Research

    01/27/2012 9:17:16 AM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    PR Web ^ | 27 Jan 2012 | PR Web
    Sub Sea Research LLC, a Portland Maine based company located the worlds richest shipwreck, a WWII British Freighter carrying a secret cargo of 71 tons of Platinum sunk by a German U-Boat off the coast of Cape Cod. Sub Sea Research (SSR) spent months searching for the elusive ship, the Port Nicholson, torpedoed by German U-boat U87, June 1942. It took two torpedoes and about 7 hours to sink her. U-87 also fired at the troop ship the “Cherokee,” quickly sinking her with a heavy loss of lives. The Port Nicholson is a steel-hulled, 481 ft. merchant ship, coal fired...
  • US Mint Platinum Bullion Coins a No-Show for 2010

    01/07/2011 10:30:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies ^ | January 6, 2011 | N/A
    For the second year in a row, the United States Mint did not offer platinum bullion coins for precious metals investors. Bullion products available from the US Mint during 2010 included only gold and silver coins. The American Platinum Eagle was last available to the US Mint's network of authorized purchasers in November 2008 when the last 800 one-half ounce coins available had been sold. Immediately following the sell out, the Mint announced the delayed launch of 2009-dated bullion coins, including the Platinum Eagles. Since that time, Platinum Eagle bullion coins have not been available in any format. When the...
  • PRECIOUS METALS: US Recovery Weighs On Gold Prices

    12/30/2010 9:39:29 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2010 | Tatyana Shumsky
    Reports showing a stronger U.S. economy pressured precious metals prices lower Thursday, though silver and palladium prices set multiyear highs earlier in the session. The most actively traded gold futures, for February delivery, settled down $7.60, or 0.5%, at $1,405.90 per troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The thinly traded January-delivery contract settled at $1,405.60 per troy ounce, down $7.50, or 0.5%, on the day. Despite settling in negative territory, gold prices remain above the psychologically important $1,400 mark as investors prepare for the final trading day of the year Friday. "There is not...
  • Gold breaks record as investors fear recession, currencies (Double-Dip?)

    06/08/2010 10:12:06 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 7 replies · 39+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 06/09/2010 | Market Watch
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Gold futures advanced to a record Tuesday as investors sought out an alternative to currencies amid lingering fears of a worldwide slide into recession. Gold for August delivery, the most active contract, rose $4.80, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,245.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest price since gold futures started trading in the 1970s. That supplanted the previous record of $1,243.10 reached May 12.
  • Sean Brodrick: Bull Market for Gold and Silver

    06/02/2010 11:19:32 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 235+ views
    IBT ^ | June 02, 2010 | Karen Roche
    Weiss Research Natural Resources Analyst Sean Brodrick expects the bull market for precious metals to run for "quite some time," with gold hitting $1,450 /oz. by year-end and silver at $25 not long after. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Sean sees silver reasserting itself as a monetary, investment and industrial metal. South of the border, some of the Mexican miners have an "embarrassment of riches"-which have largely escaped the attention of Wall Street. The Gold Report: You recently remarked that we're "trillions of dollars in debt and we can't seem to grow our way out of it,"...
  • The Mining Industry Is Terrified By The Rise Of South Africa's Julius Malema

    04/08/2010 10:07:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 1,004+ views
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 8, 2010 | Gregory White |
    Julius Malema ...fresh off of a meeting with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, has said he will follow his neighbors policy of land seizure... And, most concerning to foreign investors, he has called for the nationalization of South Africa's mines. South Africa's mining industry produced 11% of the world's gold, 80% of the world's platinum, and 40% of the world's palladium in 2007.
  • Global Investors Turn Platinum Over Gold

    01/25/2010 9:24:12 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 22 replies · 679+ views
    businessinsider ^ | Jan. 25, 2010 | Vince Veneziani
    Gold continues to be a wildly popular global obsession, but the winds may be changing a little. Why? Platinum is undervalued, out of the public eye (compared to gold), and production is set to expand as auto manufacturers begin producing more vehicles. Investors are even beginning to go long platinum while simultaneously shorting gold: Bloomberg: Even after a record 57 percent rally last year, platinum is cheap relative to gold, signaling more gains as demand grows from carmakers and exchange-traded funds. “We are long platinum and short gold,” said Jonathan Barratt, the Sydney-based managing director with Commodity Broking Services Pty,...

    01/06/2010 9:14:24 AM PST · by freedomyes · 52 replies · 1,258+ views
    TruthInConviction ^ | Jan 6 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    It was one of the finest gifts my children gave me this Christmas—Susan Boyle’s CD: “I Dreamed A Dream.”
  • Montana gov blasts GM plan to cancel mine contract.

    07/10/2009 10:30:45 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 15 replies · 753+ views
    AP ^ | July 10, 2009
    GM wants to cancel its contract with the Stillwater mine as part of its bankruptcy reorganization that infused the company with $50 billion in government loans. Platinum is mined in just two other countries — Russia and South Africa — and Schweitzer says canceling the contract would put the United States at a strategic risk and hurt the mining industry.
  • Cheap Hydrogen from Scraps

    02/23/2009 7:00:01 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 22 replies · 935+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 02/23/09 | Nora Schultz
    It sounds almost too good to be true: add a few bugs to food scraps and waste water to generate clean hydrogen fuel. But over the past few years, researchers have been gradually working toward this promising scheme for producing hydrogen.Now, with the help of an unassuming stainless-steel brush, microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) have taken another step forward. The steel brush can be used to replace the expensive platinum normally employed in the electrolysis cell's cathode, slashing costs by more than 80 percent.Hydrogen is an appealing, environmentally friendly fuel because burning it creates only water as a waste product. MECs...
  • Gold Has Biggest Monthly Gain in Nine Years on Demand for Haven

    11/29/2008 1:52:06 AM PST · by LegendHasIt · 18 replies · 744+ views
    Vanity | 11-28-08 | Vanity
    We aren't allowed to even link in the posting source URL box or excerpt this source, but this article is worth a look: CLICK ME
  • Zimbabwe: Gold Deliveries Fall 181,6 Percent (The Herald)

    11/20/2008 12:07:34 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies · 806+ views
    AllAfrica Global Media ^ | Nov 20 , 2008
    ZIMBABWE'S gold deliveries fell 181,6 percent last month compared to the same period last year. According to the Chamber of Mines, gold output for October was 125 kilogrammes, down from 352kg last year.
  • Secret Societies

    11/16/2008 5:56:48 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 39 replies · 3,019+ views ^ | Nov 4,2008 | By Joe Brancatelli
    A few years ago, I dragged my carcass into a swanky Hawaiian resort, presented my credit card, and watched the front desk clerk turn ashen after entering a few keystrokes into her terminal. "Who are you?" she asked. Confused and exhausted after more than 20 hours of flying from London, I answered prosaically: "Joe Brancatelli." Then I tried a lame joke: "It's a common Hawaiian name." "No, I mean, who are you?" she repeated before turning her monitor toward me and pointing to my guest profile. Next to my name were six V's in front of V.I.P., about a dozen...
  • Buying Gold, Silver etc.

    11/07/2008 5:48:00 PM PST · by LegendHasIt · 42 replies · 1,358+ views
    Vanity | 11-7--08 | Legend Has It
    SO, after losing a third of its value in the last year and several tens of thousands in the last month, I'm going to get out of my money market account before 0bama and his minions steal and tax the rest of it away. Thinking of puting about half of it into real estate, and maybe putting the other half into precious metal bullion/coins. I notice that there is some delay in order fulfillment throughout the market, but was hoping that some of you guys knew which brokers were best, in terms of prompt delivery, honesty and price.
  • Alchemist Aston Martin DB7 - 24 carat gold, platinum leaf and 7 diamonds in the bodywork.

    10/25/2008 5:38:49 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 7 replies · 696+ views
    The Red ^ | 10/24/08 | "Nigel"
    The Alchemist Aston Martin DB7 is a 24 carat gold and platinum leafed supercar with seven diamonds studded into the bodywork. Good luck parking the thing safely outside your local shoe shop. Oh but we forget, people with this amount of money don’t do their own shopping do they? Tsk! Silly us. Recession, what recession, James? Oh and the company plate laptops too, just in case you were interested.  Alchemist is a company specializing in covering or decorating cars and cars’ rooftops in pure 24-carat gold leaf. This London-based company is run by Jacques Blanc, a former French art director...
  • Anorak fabric a boost for fuel cells

    07/31/2008 9:50:53 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 21 replies · 66+ views
    Sydney Morning Times | August 1, 2008 | Deborah Smith
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  • Nisshinbo creates platinum-free carbon catalyst for fuel cells.

    07/16/2008 10:17:07 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 34 replies · 222+ views
    Monday, July 14, 2008 ^ | Monday, July 14, 2008 | ?
    Nisshinbo Industries Inc. (TSE:3105) has worked with the Tokyo Institute of Technology to develop the technology to use carbon instead of expensive platinum as the electrode catalyst for fuel cells. The company hopes to have a practical version of the new catalyst ready in fiscal 2009, and will start by commercializing a product for the electrodes of residential fuel cells. Later, it will develop and commercialize a version for automotive fuel cells.
  • Platinum Is Speculators' New Gold Standard

    07/04/2008 7:15:33 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 7 replies · 213+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 July 2008 | CAROLYN CUI
    Gold and silver bugs, move over. Investors are flocking to a new class of precious metals: the kind that actually do things, rather than end up in vaults or on fingers. Platinum prices have soared 33% this year and its cheaper cousin, palladium, has risen 22%, largely on demand for cleaner cars. A flood of new investment vehicles -- including exchange-traded funds -- that allow investors to bet on these metals' trajectory also are fueling the market. The two metals are called "precious" because of their scarcity. Platinum jewelry has long been a higher-end alternative to gold. But unlike gold,...
  • Platinum price hits record high amid S.Africa power crisis

    02/11/2008 2:14:39 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 68+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | Feb 11, 2008 | AFP
    The price of platinum struck an historic high nearing 1,900 dollars here Monday on supply disruptions caused by power shortages in South Africa, the white metal's biggest producer, traders said. On the London Platinum and Palladium Market, platinum struck a record peak of 1,899.25 dollars. It later stood at 1,895 dollars an ounce. The price has been firm since November because of concern over deliveries from South Africa, where production has been affected by accidents, a miners' strike and now power shortages. "With state energy provider Eskom forecasting the (power) problems to continue for several weeks, further gains seem inevitable...
  • US platinum aims for $1,900, gold up on funds

    02/08/2008 4:08:43 PM PST · by bjs1779 · 5 replies · 134+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 8, 2008
    NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) - U.S. platinum futures rallied toward $1,900 on Friday on the back of a supply squeeze due to ongoing mining issues in top producer South Africa, while gold contracts also rose sharply on strong buying by commodity funds. Market watchers had forecast that the global platinum market to be in a slight deficit, even before a power crisis in South Africa crippled mining operations in the world's largest precious metals producer. The country accounts for about 80 percent of the world's output. James Moore, analyst at in London, told clients in a note that...
  • New Form of Platinum Nanocrystals Boosts Catalytic Activity for Fuel Oxidation, Hydrogen Production

    05/04/2007 7:22:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies · 819+ views ^ | 05/03/2007 | Zhong Lin Wang
    A) Low-magnification SEM image of a platinum tetrahexahedral nanocrystal and its geometrical model. (B) High-resolution transmission electron microscopy image recorded from a platinum tetrahexahedral nanocrystal to reveal surface atomic steps in the areas made of (210) and (310) sub-facets. A research team composed of electrochemists and materials scientists from China and the US has produced a new form of the industrially-important metal platinum: 24-facet nanocrystals, the catalytic activity per unit area of which can be as much as four times higher than existing commercial platinum catalysts. The new platinum nanocrystals, whose tetrahexahedral structure had not previously been reported in the...
  • Investing opinions: Gold? Silver? Platinum?

    06/08/2005 11:16:31 AM PDT · by orionblamblam · 32 replies · 502+ views
    6-7-2005 | orionblamblam
    Simple enough question: what makes the best investment when buying precious metals? I'm in the market, and want to make sure I don't get overly stiffed. What with interest in fuel cells, I'd hazard that platinum might be good.
  • Nanonickel to Replace Platinum as a Catalyst in Fuel Cells and in Other Applications

    04/26/2005 11:49:24 PM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 16 replies · 750+ views
    QuantumSphere, Inc., a manufacturer of metallic nanopowders, working toward catalyzing the future for fuel cells, batteries, and hydrogen generation, is moving forward with the collaboration of Robert Dopp, of Doppstein Enterprises, Inc. (DSE). Together they are testing QuantumSphere's new line of nano-catalysts in functioning air electrodes to better identify significant parameters in the development cycle. Mr. Dopp has developed a cathode manufacturing process expressly designed to manufacture small "coupons" of highly uniform, very active and reproducible gas diffusion electrodes. These are typically used in metal air batteries, alkaline fuel cells, other air breathing systems as well as hydrogen generation...
  • Scientist at Sandia National Laboratory develop photosynthetic energy production

    02/13/2004 7:24:34 PM PST · by zx2dragon · 2 replies · 184+ views
    Fuel Cell Today ^ | 13 February 2004 | Stefan Geiger
    Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico have developed a new way of mimicking photosynthetic proteins to manipulate platinum at the nanoscale. The method has the potential of deliver a form of energy manufacture. The idea for the technique is similar to photosynthesis, in which plants use the energy from sunlight to produce sugar. But instead of manufacturing sugar, the new method changes a platinum ion to the neutral metal atoms. The photosynthetic protein mimicks this repeatedly, allowing metal to be deposited as desired at the nanoscale. The method involves putting porphyrins...
  • Heads up on Gold

    02/03/2003 5:10:28 PM PST · by Cicero · 29 replies · 231+ views
    Just a heads up that gold appears to be breaking through another resistance level at 370 in early trading in Asia. Platinum has also broken above a 5-year resistance level. Here's the chart. Since it's a live chart, I have no idea whether it will stay at these levels or not, but it seems worth a heads-up, at any rate. Make of it what you will:
  • Fuel cells promise brave new world for platinum

    11/27/2002 5:05:49 AM PST · by zx2dragon · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Fuel Cell Today ^ | 11/27/2002
    If projections for success of technology come true, and cost issues are resolved, South Africa could see a sharp rise in demand in platinum. GENERAL Motors (GM) now devotes about half of its research and development to it; China and the European Union have announced government backing for it; and Anglo Platinum has just invested ZAR 320 million (US$35 million) in it. Fuel-cell technology has developed sufficient momentum to make a range of governments and industries particularly the platinum industry start revising their plans. At the moment, the use of platinum for fuel cells is tiny, perhaps a few thousand...