Scientists have accidentally discovered type of bacteria that eats metal.

Microbiologists from the world-leading California Institute of Technology (Caltech) found the bacteria after performing unrelated experiments using a chalk-like type of manganese, a commonly found chemical element.

Caltech professor of environmental microbiology Dr Jared Leadbetter says that these are the first bacteria found to use manganese as their source of fuel.

“A wonderful aspect of microbes in nature is that they can metabolise seemingly unlikely materials, like metals, yielding energy useful to the cell.”

Metal-eating bacteria aside, we bring you this week’s biggest small cap movers.

 

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

PureProfile (ASX:PPL) +175%

Investors clearly liked the company’s appointment of Martin Filz, who currently runs data analytics business Eureka AI, as its new chief executive officer.

Pointerra (ASX:3DP) +131.48%

Shares in Pointerra have more than doubled after billionaire tech investor Bevan Slattery made a $2.5m investment through a placement of shares priced at 5c each.

Pointerra’s core product offering is a cloud-based platform which allows 3D geospatial images that removes the need for high-performance computers to process huge amounts of data.

 

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for July 10 – July 17 [intraday]:

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CODE NAME RETURN % PRICE THIS FRIDAY [INTRADAY] MARKET CAP
PPL PUREPROFILE LTD 175.00 0.022 2.64M
3DP POINTERRA LTD 131.48 0.120 82.90M
IQ3 IQ3CORP LTD 107.69 0.270 28.06M
AUZ AUSTRALIAN MINES LTD 100.00 0.016 65.27M
CFE CAPE LAMBERT RESOURCES LTD 100.00 0.002 3.47M
MRD MOUNT RIDLEY MINES LTD 100.00 0.002 5.37M
MAR MALACHITE RESOURCES LTD 100.00 0.050 3.40M
FGO FLAMINGO AI LTD 100.00 0.002 2.24M
GTG GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES LTD 91.67 0.012 86.41M
SCT SCOUT SECURITY LTD 80.00 0.087 10.73M
ADO ANTEOTECH LTD 63.64 0.036 59.19M
SIS SIMBLE SOLUTIONS LTD 60.00 0.032 6.46M
FAU FIRST AU LTD 57.14 0.021 8.22M
NZS NEW ZEALAND COASTAL SEAFOODS 55.56 0.017 10.19M
WCG WEBCENTRAL GRP LTD 53.12 0.099 11.97M
RNE RENU ENERGY LTD 52.94 0.026 3.14M
ATX AMPLIA THERAPEUTICS LTD 52.38 0.145 16.21M
VPR VOLT POWER GROUP LTD 50.00 0.0015 13.75M
AUH AUSTCHINA HOLDINGS LTD 50.00 0.003 4.90M
ANL AMANI GOLD LTD 50.00 0.0015 11.76M
MGT MAGNETITE MINES LTD 50.00 0.003 6.74M
RFN REFFIND LTD 50.00 0.003 3.07M
UUL ULTIMA UNITED LTD 49.09 0.090 2.40M
VIP VIP GLOVES LTD 45.45 0.078 59.65M
8VI 8VIC HOLDINGS LTD 42.86 0.600 24.33M
TMX TERRAIN MINERALS LTD 42.86 0.009 7.23M
PSC PROSPECT RESOURCES LTD 41.67 0.165 48.61M
TMG TRIGG MINING LTD 41.43 0.100 5.74M
NUH NUHEARA LTD 40.74 0.039 51.67M
AZI ALTA ZINC LTD 40.00 0.007 19.27M
MNS MAGNIS ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES LTD 39.78 0.125 86.45M
GBR GREAT BOULDER RESOURCES LTD 39.47 0.053 7.07M
RCE RECCE PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 38.76 1.435 209.04M
RAC RACE ONCOLOGY LTD 38.06 1.030 131.36M
DRE DREADNOUGHT RESOURCES LTD 37.50 0.009 20.81M
RXM REX MINERALS LTD 34.78 0.155 48.00M
MEM MEMPHASYS LTD 34.62 0.105 79.17M
FZO FAMILY ZONE CYBER SAFETY LTD 33.93 0.380 122.80M

 

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

FBR (ASX:FBR) -34%

FBR was one of the biggest losers despite announcing it had finished the walls of the first display home it was building.

 

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for July 10 – July 17 [intraday]:

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CODE NAME RETURN % PRICE THIS FRIDAY [INTRADAY] MARKET CAP
MCT METALICITY LTD -21 0.023 32.15M
KSN KINGSTON RESOURCES LTD -21 0.210 48.20M
GNM GREAT NORTHERN MINERALS LTD -21 0.019 15.62M
GLV GLOBAL OIL & GAS LTD -21 0.011 2.87M
PUA PURE ALUMINA LTD -21 0.021 8.98M
DCN DACIAN GOLD LTD -22 0.305 172.44M
ENT ENTERPRISE METALS LTD -22 0.018 8.58M
DXN DXN LTD -22 0.025 26.39M
NAE NEW AGE EXPLORATION LTD -22 0.007 6.22M
ADV ARDIDEN LTD -22 0.013 25.04M
AUC AUSGOLD LTD -23 0.036 37.61M
PTR PETRATHERM LTD -23 0.096 16.54M
NME NEX METALS EXPLORATION LTD -23 0.074 15.90M
AYM AUSTRALIA UNITED MINING LTD -25 0.003 5.53M
WBE WHITEBARK ENERGY LTD -25 0.003 9.12M
UCM USCOM LTD -25 0.210 30.71M
ALY ALCHEMY RESOURCES LTD -26 0.016 9.36M
CR1 CONSTELLATION RESOURCES LTD -28 0.290 10.15M
AHL AHALIFE HOLDINGS LTD -29 0.006 6.65M
BCT BLUECHIIP LTD -30 0.042 23.72M
MNW MINT PAYMENTS LTD -33 0.012 10.93M
GID GI DYNAMICS INC-CDI -33 0.002 3.66M
PNN PEPINNINI LITHIUM LTD -33 0.001 1.63M
ALT ANALYTICA LTD -33 0.002 7.04M
AFA ASF GROUP LTD -33 0.060 47.58M
FBR FBR LTD -34 0.057 106.08M
CAD CAENEUS MINERALS LTD -36 0.005 15.74M