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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.

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...

SpaceX Dragon 2 set for nail-biting landing – here's the rocket science

Mar 09, 2019 06:08 am UTC| Insights & Views Science

If all goes to plan, a fiery Dragon will light up the sky over the Atlantic before hopefully cooling off with a watery splashdown on March 8. The SpaceX Dragon 2 capsule is of enormous significance for spaceflight as it...

NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here's why that's a brilliant idea

Oct 16, 2018 14:55 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

Popular science fiction of the early 20th century depicted Venus as some kind of wonderland of pleasantly warm temperatures, forests, swamps and even dinosaurs. In 1950, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Natural...

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Economy

Hankook to benefit most among S. Korean tiremakers from increased demand for used cars

Hankook Tire Technology is seen to benefit the most due among South Korean tire makers in the increasing global demand for used cars due to its large proportion of replacement tire sales at 80 percent and expected price...

GM to feature expanded Super Cruise tech on 6 vehicles next year

General Motors will include its expanded, hands-free driver-assisted technology dubbed Super Cruise on six vehicles in the first quarter of next year. The Super Cruise can indicate when a lane change is safe and...

Toyota halts Thai plants due to COVID-19 induced parts supply crunch

Toyota Motor Corp suspended operations at all three Thai plants through next Wednesday due to a coronavirus outbreak-triggered shortage of parts. The companys three Thai plants, all located in Bangkok, have a combined...

Wavve to air Olympics to catch up with Netflix in S.Korea

South Korean video streaming service Wavve is eyeing to boost its user base this summer by airing the Tokyo Olympics and catch up to market leader Netflix Inc. The Tokyo Olympics, which officially kick off Friday, may...

Crocs sues Walmart, 19 others for alleged trademark infringment

Crocs filed four trademark infringement lawsuits in several US district courts against about 20 companies, including Walmart and Hobby Lobby. In one of the lawsuits filed in Colorado, Crocs alleges that Walmart is...

Politics

Kevin McCarthy humiliated: House Democrats mock House GOP leader over pledge to run GOP-led probe into 1/6

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy may find himself under more pressure in the coming days as the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection begins its work next week. Following McCarthys pledge...

Kamala Harris meets with DACA recipients after federal court ruling in favor of repealing program

The recent federal court ruling in favor of Republicans puts thousands of immigrants at risk regarding the DACA program. This week, Vice President Kamala Harris met with several recipients of the program as the White House...

Capitol insurrection: Democratic Rep. says ex-POTUS Donald Trump should testify before 1/6 panel

The House select committee in charge of extensively probing the events of the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol is set to start work next week with its first hearing. California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna said that the...

Joe Biden reveals other world leaders ask him about US' standing in latest town hall

US President Joe Biden seeks to re-engage the US with the rest of its allies all over the world since taking office back in January. In his latest town hall with CNN, Biden revealed that his counterparts all over the world...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

‘Dead Space Remake’ confirms there are no microtransactions planned

Dead Space Remake has been in the rumor mill for months, now, EA has finally confirmed the games development. While details about the gameplay and story are not that abundant yet, developer Motive has announced one crucial...

Oculus Quest 2 with 128GB storage could be underway

The Oculus Quest 2 will soon approach its first anniversary in the market, but a recent leak suggests it could be getting an updated model. A new product listing on a French retailers website was spotted and hints at a...

‘Genshin Impact’ is adding Aloy and Predator for free

The latest miHoYo and PlayStation collaboration has been announced, and it features the main protagonist of the upcoming Horizon Forbidden West. Aloy and her staple weapon will be released in Genshin Impact both in anime...

‘Battlefield 2042’ features maps from three older games through the Battlefield Portal

The third game mode in Battlefield 2042 has been unveiled, and it will be officially called the Battlefield Portal. Its name fits well with the experience it will offer as it will serve as a platform where old and new fans...
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