NASA keeps watch of shrinking Arctic ice

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Arctic | Climate Change | Environment | OceansNASA keeps watch of shrinking Arctic iceAugust 23, 2016 by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:The future of monitoring Arctic ice begins in space.NASA scientist Thomas Wagner said to think of the IceSat-2 like a giant laser pointer.Rather than entertaining your cat, these lasers can measure the height of ice above the water. A total of six of them will be beamed down to Earth.“The point being that we’re going to get our most accurate maps ever of the thickness of the Arctic sea ice,” Wagner said. “And that’s one of the most important things that we put into our models.”Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those models could influence conservation and planning decisions in the Arctic, Wagner said.NASA launched a prototype of IceSat in the early 2000s, but it was decommissioned in 2010.This new and improved satellite — along with additional measurements collected by NASA — will help determine what the future could look like in the Arctic.And it’s happening at an important time.“A lot of ice experts, including myself, thought we were headed for a record year minimum,” said Hajo Eicken, a professor at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Arctic sea ice is important because it acts like a giant air conditioner for our planet, he said.This year, a combination of events, such as a major ice retreat near Russia, left scientists wondering if the summer would beat a previous low. The last recorded minimum in the Arctic was in 2012.But wind patterns offset the loss of sea ice and things cooled down a little.“So now it looks like we’ll have well below normal ice extent, but we won’t have that record minimum,” Eicken said.Still, Eicken said scientists are trying to figure out how the blob — a large pool of warm water in the Pacific Ocean — could be affecting the Arctic.Sunlight is the most effective way to melt ice.“However, the heat that comes up from below, some of it actually survives the winter,” Eicken said. “So in part, what we’re seeing now is that we have years where some of the heat that’s put into the ocean, upper ocean, from the sun and the atmosphere in the summer survives well into the winter.”That could mean melt episodes even in the colder months.Eicken is excited about the NASA satellite, which can help document these changes.Even though what it finds might appear alarming, Wagner said people should be concerned, not afraid.“Look, I have kids, too, and I’m not hopeless at all,” Wagner said. “All the time I see things that are going on in society that make me think that we are generating the social will to deal with this. And I think we’re getting a better handle on the challenges that we face today, and I think we are going to be able to deal with them.”IceSat-2 is set to launch in 2018.Share this story:last_img read more

Grand jury indicts man who allegedly carried 23 grams of heroin internally

first_imgCrime & Courts | SoutheastGrand jury indicts man who allegedly carried 23 grams of heroin internallyAugust 28, 2017 by Robert Woolsey, KCAW-Sitka Share:On. Aug. 24, a Sitka grand jury indicted a man for allegedly trafficking in heroin.Kirk Allyn Vandoren (Photo courtesy Sitka Police Department)The grand jury indicted Kirk Allyn Vandoren, 54, on one felony count of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.Vandoren was arrested Aug. 20 at the Sitka airport on suspicion of drug trafficking.Police obtained a search warrant and arranged an X-ray of Vandoren’s abdomen. He was later found to be internally carrying over 23 grams of heroin.Vandoren is being held in the Sitka jail pending $25,000 bail.Khari Wade (Photo courtesy Sitka Police Deparmtent)Sitka police also are seeking information from anyone whose children may have had interaction with Khari Wade, 46.Police arrested Wade on Saturday on charges of indecent viewing or photography of a minor and tampering with physical evidence.Police are asking anyone to come forward who may have seen Wade in the men’s locker room at Blatchley swimming pool on Friday evening, August 25. They’re also trying to locate three boys, all about age 10, who may have interacted with Wade at the Sitka skate park at around 3 in the afternoon Saturday, August 26.The number for Sitka police is 747-3245.Wade was arraigned by telephone Sunday in Juneau court. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Sitka Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. September 6.Wade is being held in the Sitka jail pending $12,500 bail.Share this story:last_img read more

UK plastics firm RPC Group buys Icelandic rival Pro­mens for €386m

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With its stock in a slump, Moderna makes the case for its big-money valuation

first_img [email protected] With its stock in a slump, Moderna makes the case for its big-money valuation Biotech @damiangarde Ruby Wallau for STAT SAN FRANCISCO — Moderna Therapeutics had record-setting success raising money from private investors, but the much-discussed biotech has struggled to convince the public markets of its industry-upending potential, and its stock price has slumped nearly 30 percent in the weeks following what was biotech’s largest-ever initial public offering.That left Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, speaking before a standing-room crowd at the industry’s premiere gathering on Tuesday, with a curious task: convincing investors that his $5 billion company is actually undervalued. National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. About the Author Reprints By Damian Garde Jan. 8, 2019 Reprints Damian Gardecenter_img Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED What’s included? Log In | Learn More Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? Tags biotechnologyBostonlast_img read more

U.S. gives up to $1.2 billion to AstraZeneca for Covid-19 vaccine

first_img Privacy Policy By Ed Silverman May 21, 2020 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. The moves underscore the frantic efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine as quickly as possible as the novel coronavirus has so far infected nearly 4.8 million people and claimed more than 318,000 lives across the globe, according to the World Health Organization. In the U.S., the number of infections has exceeded 1.47 million people and caused more than 89,200 deaths. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Despite those concerns, there is no assurance just how soon a useful vaccine will emerge. Last month, AstraZeneca began testing its vaccine in a Phase I/II trial involving over 1,000 volunteers between 18 and 55 years old across five sites in England. Data from the study is expected this month and the company hopes to move to late-stage trials by the middle of this year.Meanwhile, there is emerging controversy over the Oxford vaccine after a paper posted on a pre-print server, a forum for scientific papers, suggested results of trials in monkeys indicated the vaccine may only offer “partial protection,” according to a blog post written by William Haseltine, a former professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.Other experts also debated the findings. But scientists at Oxford’s Jenner Institute, which is conducted the research, called his conclusions “incorrect and misleading.”[UPDATE: Later, an AstraZeneca spokeswoman wrote us this: “It’s important to note that these debates would typically take place in scientific and academic journals. We are confident in the early data. The results from the NIH clearly show the vaccine is immunogenic and protection from the virus in the lower respiratory tract was high in the inoculated animals.“We need to be cautious not to over interpret these studies —  used to assess safety to support advancement to human clinical trials where immune response can be fully evaluated. The NIH study used a very high viral challenge that would not reflect natural exposure to the virus and for single dose of the vaccine at half of the expected human dose.”] Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Ed Silverman PharmalotU.S. gives up to $1.2 billion to AstraZeneca for Covid-19 vaccine @Pharmalot About the Author Reprints An effective vaccine is considered critical to ending the pandemic and dozens of research teams around the world are investigating several different approaches to inoculation, including scientists at some of the world’s biggest drug makers. Besides AstraZeneca, Pfizer (PFE) is working with BioNTech on a vaccine, and Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are partnering on an effort.advertisement Related: Please enter a valid email address. The race over funding and access to a Covid-19 vaccine is heating up as the U.S. government pledged to commit up to $1.2 billion to AstraZeneca (AZN) for its efforts and obtain at least 300 million doses of any vaccine by October. And as part of the deal with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the drug maker will begin late-stage clinical trials this summer with roughly 30,000 people in the U.S.In a statement, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called the contract a “major milestone” in Operation Warp Speed, a newly launched Trump administration program to accelerate Covid-19 medical products to the American public. The arrangement with AstraZeneca is labeled a public-private partnership and BARDA will provide technology transfers and scaled-up manufacturing.The agreement comes just four days after the U.K. government pledged $79 million to the drug maker, which is developing a vaccine with Oxford University, and indicated the deal will provide access to 30 million doses in September. On Thursday, AstraZeneca maintained it has arranged enough production capacity to make 400 million doses by the fall.advertisement At the same time, the various arrangements between governments and companies are causing anxiety over what might be called pandemic chauvinism. The U.S., for instance, is hoping that its investments will place at or near the head of the line for any vaccine. This was evident two months ago, when the Trump administration tried to lure CureVac, a German company, to do research in the U.S.The issue erupted last week when Sanofi chief executive officer Paul Hudson said the U.S. would have first crack at any vaccine, since BARDA provided a $30 million grant for the effort. The U.S. does not have a claim on a vaccine, but the funds would help speed production at Sanofi plants in the country. Hudson walked back his statement after French officials expressed outrage. Sanofi is headquartered in Paris. [email protected] Under an ‘America First’ president, will the U.S. corner the market on Covid-19 vaccine? Tags CoronavirusVaccineslast_img read more

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first_imgVMD online services unavailable The following online application services are currently unavailable:Special Import CertificatesIn urgent cases where the VMD have previously issued a certificate, you may purchase and use an imported veterinary medicine prior to obtaining a certificate from the VMD. This is a special dispensation which only applies to the VMD online system while the system is unavailable. You should obtain an import certificate retrospectively as soon as possible.Research Import CertificatesExport CertificatesAnimal Adverse Reaction ReportingHuman Adverse Reaction ReportingMicrochip Adverse Event ReportingThe following online information services are also unavailable:Product Information DatabaseRegister of SQP Retailer PremisesRegister of SQPsList of Accredited Internet RetailersRegister of Specific Manufacturing AuthorisationsThe VMD apologises for any inconvenience. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:animal, Export, Government, Human, import, Internet, manufacturing, medicine, online, purchase, research, UK, UK Government, veterinary, veterinary medicinelast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, August 26

first_imgHome Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, August 26Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, August 26By Editor – August 26, 2016 35 0 TAGSAmsterdamAngwin WineryAustriaCaliforniaCANVASCOLAConcha y ToroConnecticFranceFree Flow WinesMichiganModel VineyardNapaNapa ValleyNetherlandsPennsylvaniaRancho RobleSanta RosaSonoma County VintnersSouth DokotaSt. HelenaSteve HeimoffTapp Label CompanyTexasTTBWBWEWIN ExpoWine EnthusiastWorld Bulk Wine Exhibition Share Trending Story:French Wine Production to Fall 10% This Year After Fierce Spring WeatherFierce storms that hit France in April will help to push wine production down by more than 10% this year, the ministry of agriculture has said…Today’s News:Assembly to Vote on Farmworker Overtime Bill After ProtestHundreds of California farmworkers filled the hall in front of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s office and spilled into the Capitol rotunda…Model Vineyard Looks to Maximize Concord ProductionWatching Michigan “Concord” grape growers struggle with stagnant and sometimes declining prices, a team of researchers at Michigan State University have been developing methods to significantly boost yield for growers…Can Scientific Rigor Describe Wine Terroir?What does terroir mean in an age of big data and social media, a world awash in information yet still unable to agree on the distinguishing role of place in winemaking…Angwin Winery Importing Napa Valley Soil for Hillside VineyardWine Enthusist’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers 2016What Fine Wines Are Merchants Looking At?The Evolution of a Natural WinemakerCalifornia Lawmakers Approve Extension of Climate Change LawFirst Bottle of Wine Shipped in Pennsylvania Under New LawState’s Wine Lovers Order About 14K Bottles to South DakotaTexas Weather Makes for Great Grape-Growing, Local Winemaker SaysFrost and Hail See Austria’s Wine Yields SlashedViña Concha y Toro Announces Its Consolidated Second Quarter 2016 ResultsWhat Is Mega Purple and What Is It Doing in My Wine?WineIndustry.Jobs:Business Development DirectorTapp Label Company – Napa, CA, United StatesAccount ManagerH&A Barrel Management – St Helena, CA, United StatesTasting Room HostRancho Roble – Lincoln, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefIndustry Events:CANVAS Workshop: Serving the Chinese VisitorAugust 30, 2016 – St. Helena, CA, United StatesFree Flow Wines’ First Ever Wine-on-Tap Sales TrainingSeptember 9, 2016 – WebinarHow to Succeed in the Wine Business (Without Really Trying)!September 16, 2016 – St. Helena, CA, United StatesWorld Bulk Wine Exhibition 2016November 21 – 22, 2016 – Amsterdam, NetherlandsNorth Coast Wine Industry ExpoDecember 1, 2016 – Santa Rosa, CA, United StatesTop Stories:Sonoma County Vintners Announces Community Connection InitiativeWine in Kegs: This Time, Are They Here to Stay?
Deeper Irrigation Method Showing Promise for VineyardsLiquor Retailer Alleges Connecticut’s Minimum Bottle Law Violates Antitrust RulesCalifornia’s Grand Cru ChardonnaysNapa Valley Wine Tourism: ‘How Do We Safeguard a Place Without Loving It to Death?’From Wine to Weed: Keeping the Marijuana Farm Small and LocalIn the Competitive Wine World, Labels Can Make All the DifferenceCalifornia Wildfires Threaten Grapes with Smoke TaintTTB Proposes to Shut Down COLA Exemption Appellation Labeling LoopholeSteve Heimoff: I Just Retired!Rosé Masters 2016: The ResultsHow Wineries Are Getting Sold and Still Keeping Their SoulsIs Wine Healthy? Depends How You Drink ItAttendee Registration Now Open for 2016 WIN Expo Advertisement Facebook ReddIt Emailcenter_img Twitter Previous articleAfternoon Brief, August 25Next articleDuckhorn Wine Company to Be Acquired by Private Equity Firm TSG Consumer Partners Editor Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Pinterest Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Linkedinlast_img read more

Vinfolio Launches Fine Wine Investment Program

first_imgFacebook AdvertisementNapa, California | October 21, 2020 – Vinfolio, one of the country’s leading fine wine companies, is pleased to announce the launch of a cutting-edge fine wine investment program. Now, in addition to securing the world’s greatest wines by the bottle, Vinfolio clients can gain access to an unparalleled selection of pristine, investment-grade stock in original cases directly on the company’s e-commerce platform or by working directly with Vinfolio’s executive team to build a bespoke fine wine investment portfolio.“From the time of my initial investment in Vinfolio back in 2016, it seemed that the U.S. market was lacking a player who could bring the idea of fine wine as an investment opportunity to the mainstream in a clear and accessible way,” says Don St. Pierre, Executive Chairman of Vinfolio. “Now, with the addition of more than 5,000 cases of investment-grade wines to our platform and the launch of our full-service investment program, we are proudly assuming that mantle.”“Historically speaking, fine wine has outperformed many of the traditional asset classes available and we are seeing more and more people looking to diversify by building a wine portfolio,” Vinfolio President Adam Lapierre says. “We believe we are in a unique position to support clients embarking on this journey thanks to our deep knowledge of the collectible fine wine market, unmatched global network of suppliers and innovative business model. I’m particularly excited by our full-service investment program: the process is extremely simple, fully transparent and, at the same time, low cost to the investor. It’s a game-changer.”Vinfolio’s strength lies not just in the sourcing of fine wines at the best prices, but also in its use of technology to create a platform that provides both buyers and sellers with all the requisite tools and intelligence to successfully build and liquidate a wine portfolio. In addition to its marketplace platform, Vinfolio has proprietary access to crucial flow-data which lies at the heart of all our decision-making. The company’s algorithm dynamically looks at current U.S. retail listings, auction sale prices, and sales on its own platform to determine what is the current fair market value of a given wine. From there, Vinfolio can trigger buy or sell activities to ensure a sound investment and a healthy return. Over the last three decades, investment-grade wine has performed very strongly against just about all major asset classes. Analysis of a representative selection of the foremost traded investment-grade wines reveals a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 11 percent since 1988. In context, the returns for U.S. Equities (DJIA), U.K. equities (FTSE), Asia equities (Hang Seng), Gold, and Oil for the same period were materially lower. Furthermore, wine has a pleasingly low correlation with other assets during periods of market disruption, a valuable support to a diversified investment portfolio. The search for diversification is a prominent feature of today’s investment landscape as investors—large and small—consider afresh S.W.A.G. and other ‘passion investments.Vinfolio transforms how the fine wine community buys, sells, manages, and enjoys fine wine with the advanced cellar management technology, fine wine storage facility, and direct-to-consumer ecommerce platform. Combined, these systems empower the fine wine enthusiast to acquire highly collectible wine directly from producers, purchase and sell wine from Vinfolio’s collector Marketplace, stay on top of every bottle in their cellar, and engage with other fine wine collectors, industry influencers, and winemakers, all in one seamless experience.Vinfolio is majority-owned by Executive Chairman Don St. Pierre Jr. and his business partner and good friend Allan Warburg, co-founder and co-CEO of Bestseller Fashion Group China. St. Pierre is the recipient of numerous wine industry accolades, including being named number seven on Decanter magazine’s 2011 Top 50 global wine industry power players and selected by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as the 2011 International Man of the Year. In 2012, the French government awarded St. Pierre Jr. the degree of Knight in the French Ordre du Mérite Agricole, and in 2015, he was appointed as a member of the supervisory board of Vinexpo Overseas. Vinfolio’s ownership also includes Jean-Michel Valette, who chairs the Education and Examination Board (EEB) of the Institute of Masters of Wine and is former chairman of Robert Mondavi Corporation and Peet’s Coffee, Jon Moramarco, former CEO of Constellation Brands, and Steve Case, founder of AOL and co-founder at venture capital firm RevolutionVisit for more details on Vinfolio’s new investment initiative.Advertisement Pinterest Share TAGSVinfolio Linkedin ReddIt Email Twitter Home Industry News Releases Vinfolio Launches Fine Wine Investment ProgramIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessVinfolio Launches Fine Wine Investment ProgramBy Press Release – October 21, 2020 443 0 Previous articleAfternoon Brief, October 20Next articleArgyle Winery Names Briana Seeley Sales & Marketing Director Press Releaselast_img read more

Local vs. global action

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsLocal vs. global action Jul. 08, 2019 at 6:30 amColumnsEarth TalkEnvironmentFeaturedLocal vs. global actionGuest Author2 years agoClimate Impacts GroupClimatologistsearth talkGlobal climate modelsUniversity of OxfordPhoto by NASA Dear EarthTalk: What are so-called regional climate models and why do we need them given that we already have pretty decent global climate models? — Rich W., Seattle, WA Scientists (and economists and business people) love to create models to help predict future outcomes as a way to direct planning and preparedness efforts. Climatologists specifically love to create models of how the planet and its various natural systems and cycles will react with the input of way too many greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. Climate science has come a long way since its early days a few decades back, but most of what we think will happen regarding global warming comes from global climate models—that is, predictions based on lots of empirical data about how much global average temperature is expected to rise and by when.“Global climate models (GCMs) simulate the interactions between the atmosphere, ocean and land to project future climate, based on assumptions about future emissions of greenhouse gases,” reports the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington (UW).According to, a volunteer computing and climate modeling project out of the UK’s University of Oxford, global climate models (GCMs) are designed to calculate what the climate is doing (in terms of wind, temperature, humidity, etc.) at a number of discrete points on the Earth’s surface as well as in the atmosphere and out at sea. The points are then laid out in a grid covering the planet’s surface. The more points at play, the finer the resolution (and accuracy) of the model.Nowadays climate researchers are applying what they have learned thus far to look in more detail on a regional basis, especially given that climate change has not only large-scale but also local consequences. These so-called regional climate models (RCMs) work by magnifying the resolution of GCMs in a small, limited area of interest, typically within a 3,000 square mile radius. Only by creating and analyzing RCMs can we assess the influence of myriad fixed geographic conditions and other local factors such as land height, land use, lakes, sea breeze, mountain ranges and localized weather patterns on climate impacts for a particular metropolitan area, state or country.“For the practical planning of local issues such as water resources or flood defenses, countries require information on a much more local scale than GCMs are able to provide,” adds “Regional models provide one solution to this problem.”UW’s Climate Impacts Group has been able to leverage its expertise in global and now regional climate modeling to do groundbreaking research into the likelihood of things like floods in the Pacific Northwest, expected moisture flux convergence and ensuing drought in the Southwest, and, even further afield, projected climate change and impacts in Southeast Asia. The analytical techniques being pioneered at UW are being shared with researchers around the world with the hope that more and more scientists will start to run RCMs in their own regions to help planners plan and improve people’s lives despite the warming climate.GCMs and RCMs are both important tools in figuring out how to cope with the effects of climate change, whether a worst case scenario is borne out or something not quite so cataclysmic. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. See more at To donate, visit Send questions to: [email protected] :Climate Impacts GroupClimatologistsearth talkGlobal climate modelsUniversity of Oxfordshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a comment2020 Candidates Must Address Affordable HousingCouncil approves $450,000 to improve Council ChambersYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author13 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoFeaturedNewsFeud deepens between Villanueva and Los Angeles officials over handling of Venice homelessClara Harter1 day agoColumnsNewsOpinionYour Column HereYour column hereGuest Author2 days agolast_img read more

Intel pushes cable-free future, partners with Haier in China

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 MAY 2015 LIVE FROM CES ASIA, SHANGHAI: Intel is on a mission to reduce the clutter and inconvenience of the multitude of wires currently required for computing and is first pushing to eliminate wired charging. Its next target is passwords.The average person carries six cables, said Kirk Skaugen (pictured), Intel’s senior VP and GM of client computing. The visitors at CES Asia today have an estimated 1.2 metric tonnes of wires, and the city of Shanghai has about 17,000 metric tonnes of consumer electronic cabling.He asked the audience to consider the environmental impact in terms of landfill, to say nothing of the frustration of not having the right cable when you’re on the road.Skaugen said Intel is starting with wired chargers and plans to introduce Rezence technology, a wireless charging interface standard developed by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP).“Our vision is to make a single technology that scales from PCs to wearables so people can wirelessly charge their devices anywhere they go.”Intel is working with Du Pont to incorporate the technology in countertops, and also is talking to airlines, hotels and carmakers so they can prepare to offer customers wireless charging, he said.One of the big advantages of Rezence, which uses magnetic resonance, is that a device doesn’t have to be placed in a precise position to charge and it can charge multiple devices at the same time. There is no physical contact with the transmitter, which can be mounted under tables or counters.While Intel thinks magnet resonance offers the best experience for wireless charging, Skaugen noted Intel understands there are other technologies out there and wants to make sure the consumer has the best experience across the board, so it integrated all three major technologies – Qi, Powermat and magnetic resonance — into one platform.He also announced a new partnership with Chinese appliance maker Haier to take wireless charging not only to homes, but to restaurants, hotels, airports and eventually planes.Based on consumer surveys, he said people have a strong desire to eliminate wires as well as passwords.Its RealSense cameras now offer password-less biometric security with iris-scanning support in PCs, and Intel is working to integrate the 3D technology into its next-generation tablets over the next couple of years. CES AsiaHaierIntelmagnetic resonancewireless charing CTA pulls plug on CES Asia HomeAsiaNews Intel pushes cable-free future, partners with Haier in China Joseph Waring Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Previous ArticleCES Asia keynote: Accenture and IBM see IoT move beyond hypeNext ArticleDocomo joins FIDO Alliance, launches biometric authentication center_img Asia SKT lines up NFV partners Related SK Hynix to acquire Intel flash memory unit Author Tags last_img read more