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A pivotal drilling program is kicking off at Alicanto’s (ASX:AQI) Greater Falun copper-gold project, located in Sweden’s mineral-rich — but historically misunderstood — Bergslagen district (reports Stockhead).

A pivotal drilling program is kicking off at Alicanto’s (ASX:AQI) Greater Falun copper-gold project, located in Sweden’s mineral-rich — but historically misunderstood — Bergslagen district (reports Stockhead). This project neighbours a bunch of big operations including the 28-million-tonne Falun deposit, mined over ~1,000 years at some pretty phenomenal grades until the 1990s.

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Veteran geologist Neil Biddle is coming up to 40 years of knocking around the hard-rock exploration scene.

Veteran geologist Neil Biddle is coming up to 40 years of knocking around the hard-rock exploration scene. So after his success with fellow geologist John Young and accountant Tony Leibowitz in creating Pilbara Minerals ($750 million) and Bardoc Gold ($140m) before letting operating guys pick up the reins, Biddle’s thoughts naturally enough turned to a prolonged period of rest and recreation.

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The nickel hopeful spearheading the revival of Kambalda’s mothballed nickel mines is hailing a new discovery near its cornerstone deposit (reports The West Australian).

The nickel hopeful spearheading the revival of Kambalda’s mothballed nickel mines is hailing a new discovery near its cornerstone deposit (reports The West Australian). Andrew Forrest and IGO-backed Mincor Resources scrambled to reveal to the market early yesterday it had hit massive and matrix nickel sulphide mineralisation at its Cassini North prospect. That came after the emerging producer received assays and geophysical data from the discovery hole late on Tuesday.

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Cashed-up explorer DevEx Resources (ASX:DEV) is having a red-hot go in coming weeks and months at completing a trifecta for exploration enthusiast Tim Goyder (reports Stockhead).

Cashed-up explorer DevEx Resources (ASX:DEV) is having a red-hot go in coming weeks and months at completing a trifecta for exploration enthusiast Tim Goyder (reports Stockhead).

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The European Union has issued a plan to cut its dependence on Chinese supplies of rare earths, lithium batteries and solar-cell components, as it tries to build a green-energy economy that isn't largely made in Beijing (reports the Fin Review))

The European Union has issued a plan to cut its dependence on Chinese supplies of rare earths, lithium batteries and solar-cell components, as it tries to build a green-energy economy that isn't largely made in Beijing (reports The Australian Financial Review). Brussels will bring industry, governments and NGOs into a "European Raw Materials Alliance", which will refashion the continent's supply chains for up to 30 critical products - including those used to make wind turbines, fuel cells, solar panels, magnets, drones and batteries for electric vehicles.

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Macquarie Research has initiated coverage on Chalice Gold Mines (ASX: CHN) with an outperform rating and $1.80 price target

Macquarie Research has initiated coverage on Chalice Gold Mines (ASX: CHN) with an outperform rating and $1.80 price target, describing its Julimar nickel-PGE discovery in Western Australia as “one of the most significant greenfield discoveries in recent years”. Macquarie says it believes that drilling has already defined a deposit at the Julimar project, located ~70km north-east of Perth, that could underpin a ~270kozpa PGE operation with ~20ktpa of nickel-copper-cobalt by- products.

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Plus, DGO cleaning up on its 16% stake in De Grey and Firefly in a halt pending gold assays

Given De Grey Mining’s multi-million ounce Hemi gold discovery in the Pilbara, it’s not hard for a junior with exposure to gold exploration in the region to have a market cap of $50 million. And it’s not hard for a junior with a WA iron ore deposit and plans to become a boutique producer of the material to also have a $50m market cap, such is the allure of cashing in on $US127/t prices.

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Gold faded after a solid start to the week thanks largely to a stronger US dollar but as that was happening, more evidence emerged of renewed interest in copper and other commodities.

Gold faded after a solid start to the week thanks largely to a stronger US dollar but as that was happening, more evidence emerged of renewed interest in copper and other commodities. A series of events highlighted what could be the start of a significant rotation of capital with the raw materials sector challenging the dominance of technology and finance.

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