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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

Chandrayaan-3: India hopes to land a rover on the Moon for the first time

Aug 22, 2023 04:20 am UTC| Science

On Wednesday August 23, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) mission Chandrayaan-3 will deploy its lander and rover to the surface of the Moon. As the name suggests, this is the third mission in a programme of...

Scientists have started steering lightning with lasers – here's how

Jan 24, 2023 07:36 am UTC| Science

Lightning may look beautiful but every year it kills thousands of people, does huge amounts of damage to buildings and infrastructure, and causes power outages. The only protection we have is lightning rods, which were...

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...

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Economy

SEC Philippines to Unveil Critical Cryptocurrency Trading Guidelines Amid Rising Adoption

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Philippines unveils plans for cryptocurrency trading guidelines, assuring investors of a secure environment. CEO Emilio Aquino highlights a focus on innovation while mitigating...

GameStop Appoints Ryan Cohen as New CEO Who Will Work Without Pay

GameStop Corp. named Ryan Cohen as its new chief executive officer, and his appointment is taking effect immediately. The billionaire who founded Chewy, an e-commerce firm, has been promoted to the chief position in the...

Burger King Taiwan Introduces Bunless Options Amidst Mid-Autumn Barbecue Frenzy

Burger King Taiwan introduces four bunless burgers during the Mid-Autumn Festival, catering to the nations barbecue fervor: Bunless Double Beef, Quad Beef, Double Chicken, and Chicken Crisp. Embracing the Meat...

Interest rates: Monetary policy is always political as central banks opt to back the financial sector

As the Bank of Canada prepared to announce its decision on interest rates in early September, Tiff Macklem, the banks governor, received imploring letters from premiers spanning both the country and the political...

Politics

Ukraine war: Slovakia may be about to elect a government which plans to halt aid to Kyiv

Slovakians head to the polls on September 30 to elect a new parliament. The result will not only have a huge impact on the domestic affairs of this small central European state but also, beyond its borders, on the balance...

Ukraine and Russia traded barbs in the UN's top court over the legality of the invasion. What could happen next in the case?

In the days immediately following Russias invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the Ukrainian government filed a case against Moscow in the UNs highest court, the International Court of Justice. Ukraine accuses Russia...

In fractious debate, GOP candidates find common ground on cause of inflation woes and need for school choice

It was a night in which even the great communicator himself may have struggled to be heard. At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California on Sept. 27, 2023, seven Republican candidates looking to become the...

Ukraine recap: Ukraine and allies maintain optimism despite slow progress on the battlefield

At a press conference after talks with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, this afternoon, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg sounded like a man determined to take a glass half full attitude when he said that...

Shutdowns are a uniquely American drama − in the UK, it's just not Parliament's cup of tea

When it comes to shutdowns, the U.S. is very much an exception rather than the rule. Save for a last-minute spending deal in Congress on Oct. 1, 2023, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed and...

Science

A search for links between two of the universe's most spectacular phenomena has come up empty – for now

Every so often, astronomers glimpse an intense flash of radio waves from space a flash that lasts only instants but puts out as much energy in a millisecond as the Sun does in a few years. The origin of these fast radio...

Temporary carbon storage in forests has climate value — but we need to get the accounting right

Forests and other natural carbon reservoirs play an important role in slowing and potentially reversing the effects of climate change. But any carbon stored in nature is vulnerable to either natural or human-caused...

Just 3 Nobel Prizes cover all of science – how research is done today poses a challenge for these prestigious awards

Ive been primarily an experimental chemist the kind of person who goes into the laboratory and mixes and stirs chemicals since the beginning of my career in 1965. Today, and for the past 15 years, Im a full-time...

Your microbes live on after you die − a microbiologist explains how your necrobiome recycles your body to nourish new life

Each human body contains a complex community of trillions of microorganisms that are important for your health while youre alive. These microbial symbionts help you digest food, produce essential vitamins, protect you from...

Citizen scientists collect more nature data than ever, showing us where common and threatened species live

Citizen science isnt new anymore. For decades, keen amateur naturalists have been gathering data about nature and the environment around them and sharing it. But what is new is the rate at which citizen scientists are...

Technology

Virtual reality can help emergency services navigate the complexities of real-life crises

The UK has experienced several terrorist attacks, from the 2005 London bombings, to the devastating events at Manchester Arena and London Bridge in 2017. These tragic incidents not only resulted in the loss of innocent...

PlayStation Chief Jim Ryan to Retire; Hiroki Totoki Named Successor

Sony Group Corporation announces PlayStation CEO Jim Ryans retirement in March 2024, heralding a transition to new leadership under Hiroki Totoki. Ryan is currently working as Sony Interactive Entertainment LLCs (SIE)...

OpenAI's ChatGPT Now Surfs Web for Real-Time Information Access

OpenAI unveils an upgraded ChatGPT that can browse the internet, offering users real-time, authoritative information and enhanced data coverage from various sources. OpenAI, which is backed by Microsoft, said on...

Does AI have a right to free speech? Only if it supports our right to free thought

The world has witnessed breathtaking advances in generative artificial intelligence (AI), with ChatGPT being one of the best known examples. To prevent harm and misuse of the technology, politicians are now considering...

Lagos building collapses: we used machine learning to show where and why they happen

Building collapses have become a major menace in Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos is the business hub of the country and has its largest seaport and airport. With an estimated population of 15.4 million, it is the largest city in...
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