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Ian Whittaker

Ian Whittaker

Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

I completed my PhD in 2010 looking at the interaction of the Sun with the upper atmosphere of Venus. Since then I have held six postdoctoral contracts, covering medical imaging, solar physics, the Earth's radiation belts, lightning in tropical cyclones, X-ray astronomy, and X-ray observations of the Earth's magnetopause.

I currently teach at Nottingham Trent University, where I am responsible for astrophysics lectures, laboratory supervision, tutorials and student projects. I am very strongly interested in space science outreach, encouraging students and the public to take an interest in how our planet interacts with the solar system.

Space Science Series

The UK is about to have its first space launch – but Cornwall is unlikely to become a new Cape Canaveral

Oct 19, 2022 08:52 am UTC| Science

Virgin Orbit, a US company which provides launch services for satellites, has announced that the first orbital space mission from the UK will blast off from Cornwall. The rocket, which will carry nine satellites, along...

Ax-1: why the private mission to the International Space Station is a game changer

Apr 05, 2022 11:57 am UTC| Science

Its not long since billionaires were competing to get to the edge of space. Now, the first set of private citizens are getting ready to take a SpaceX shuttle up to the International Space Station (ISS). Unlike the short...

Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin: can they be more than 'space' joyrides for millionaires?

Jul 18, 2021 10:33 am UTC| Business

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and his team successfully flew to the edge of space on the Unity 22 mission aboard a Virgin Galactic plane on 12 July. The event was hailed as the start of space tourism, narrowly...

SpaceX astronaut launch: here's the rocket science it must get right

May 29, 2020 14:17 pm UTC| Science

Two NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, will make history by travelling to the International Space Station in a privately funded spacecraft, SpaceXs Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule. It will also be...

Four graphs that suggest we can't blame climate change on solar activity

Jan 28, 2020 08:44 am UTC| Nature

The past decade (2010-2019) was the hottest on record and five of the top 10 warmest single years have all occurred since 2015, according to reports released by the UK Met Office and the World Meteorological...

Space milestones: here are the missions to look forward to in 2020

Jan 06, 2020 17:03 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

Last year was an excellent year for space exploration, with the icing on the Christmas cake the first ever image acquired of a black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope. This year, 2020, is set to be interesting too....

Internet jokesters call for people to storm Area 51 to find aliens – here's some science to consider

Jul 26, 2019 09:10 am UTC| Entertainment

Millions of people have signed up to a tongue-in-cheek Facebook event to storm the US military base Area 51 on 20 September to discover whether aliens are inside. While the organisers said it was a joke, the US military...

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Economy

AMC Networks announces the departure of its CEO less than three months into the job

AMC Networks chief executive officer, Christina Spade, is leaving just three months after her assignment to the role. Her departure was confirmed by the company on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and she is stepping down amid its plans...

Apple Pay reportedly coming to South Korea soon

Apple Pay is reportedly arriving in South Korea but the exact date of launch has been confusing. Based on the reports this week, some media outlets stated it will be activated in the country on Nov. 30 but others said it...

Disney acquires MLB's stake in BAMTech streaming unit for $900M

Walt Disney Company acquires the remaining 15% stake owned by Major League Baseball (MLB) in its BAMTech streaming unit. The deal is said to be worth $900 million based on the filing with the U.S. Securities Exchange...

Primark investing over $100M in Spain to open new stores and hire 1,000 employees

Primark fashion retailer revealed its plan to spend $103.5 million or 100 million to launch new stores in Spain, which is its second-largest market. The company said on Tuesday, Nov. 29, that it will open eight stores...

KT, Coway reveals tie-up for AI-based smart home appliances business

KT Corp. and Coway Co. Ltd. agreed to team up and work together for the development and production of artificial intelligence (AI)-based home appliances. Their partnership deal was revealed on Wednesday, Nov. 30. KT...

Politics

US: Biden administration to co-host second democracy summit in 2023, says White House

The White House announced this year that the United States will co-host a second democracy summit in 2023. The conference will aim to strengthen democratic institutions and fight corruption in the world. The White House...

리시 수낵 총리 "중국, 국가 이익에 상당한 도전...친중 '황금기' 끝났다"

원본 기사: UK PM Sunak says China a systemic challenge to interests 영국 총리가 중국이 국가 이익에 체계적인 도전(systemic challenge)이 되고 있다면서 친중 정책을 펼쳤던 황금 시대는 끝났다고 발언했다. 리시 수낵 총리는...

Russia-Ukraine war: NATO says Russia trying to weaponize winter

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated that Russia was trying to weaponize the winter season against Ukraine as the war is in its ninth month. Stoltenberg added that the alliance must be prepared for more...

Russia-Ukraine war: Emergency blackouts resume following Russian strikes

Russia has been targeting Ukraines energy infrastructure in recent weeks, causing power outages across the country. Ukraine has resumed its emergency blackouts amidst a setback following the recent strikes. Kyiv said...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

PS Plus downloadable games for December includes remastered ‘Mass Effect’ trilogy

December is going to be a good month for PlayStation Plus members now that Sony announced the lineup of new downloadable games at no additional cost going live next week. The list is headlined by the collection of...

Livspace launches 3 experience centers in Singapore

Livspace has launched three new experience centers in Singapore as part of its expansion in Southeast Asia. The three centers of the omnichannel home interior and renovation platform are located in Suntec City,...

Pixel 7a design will be identical to the Pixel 7 series as renders appear in a new leak

Although the Pixel 7a is not expected to launch until 2023, alleged renders revealing its design have already leaked before this year ends. And as many expected, it will likely look identical to Googles flagship phones...

Microsoft and Activision Blizzard merger gets unconditional approval in Serbia, concessions ‘likely’ to be offered to EU regulators

Microsoft is still facing immense scrutiny from regulators in most countries where it needs to gain approval for its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion. But the company has reportedly gained...

NEC to build ¥33 billion global innovation hub near Tokyo

NEC Corporation will be constructing a 12-story global base for innovation with a floor area of roughly 50,000 square meters near Tokyo in March 2023 at around 33 billion. The provisionally named NEC Innovation...
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