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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

Coinbase drops lending program due to SEC's lawsuit threat

Coinbase dropped its plan to launch a lending program after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) threatened it with a lawsuit The Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency exchange said that as it continues to seek...

Nike retains top spot among most marketable sports brands for 2021

US sportswear giant Nike has retained the top spot in SportsPros list of the Worlds 50 Most Marketable (50MM) brands, holding off challenges by rival sportswear brand and second-placer Adidas, Emirates, Santander, and Red...

Michael Jordan raises stake, assumes adviser role in sports gambling firm Sportradar

NBA legend Michael Jordan will increase his investment in Sportradar Group AG, the leading global provider of sports betting and entertainment products and services, and will serve as a special adviser to the companys...

UK industry group warns CO2 crisis poses a risk of meat shortage

An industry group has warned of carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage in the UK within the week due to a sharp rise in gas prices that could result in meat supply issues. The gas price hie has forced domestic energy suppliers...

Cargill to pay farmers $20 per metric ton of carbon emissions reduced

Cargill is planning to pay farmers $20 per metric ton of carbon emissions they reduce through regenerative agricultural practices. The company intends to pass the green credits on to its customers. The Cargill...

Politics

Nancy Pelosi, G7 Speakers visit 'Coronation Street' set following summit

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among her fellow presiding officers in the G7 in attendance at the summit in the United Kingdom. Following the summit, the group was shown around the set of the popular British tv series...

Joe Biden: Former Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu mocks widely debunked manipulated video of POTUS

A manipulated video showing US President Joe Biden seemingly falling asleep during his meeting with the new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made the rounds on right-wing social media. The manipulated video also...

Capitol insurrection: Former aide to Mike Pence says ex-VP is as responsible for the political violence

Former vice president Mike Pence was among the individuals being targeted by the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol last January 6. However, despite Pences inevitable refusal to overturn the electoral results, Pences...

Kamala Harris to appear on 'The View' this week

This week, Vice President Kamala Harris will be making another stop by the popular daytime talk show, The View. Harris will be making her first appearance on the show as vice president on Friday. Harris will be...

Science

S. Korea's POSCO, Hyundai to use oyster shell waste for steelmaking

S. Korean steelmakers POSCO and Hyundai Steel Co. will start using oyster shells as a secondary base material for producing steel. Both firms have been developing a recycling technology with a local oyster shell...

S. Korea to develop solar-powered drone that could carry 20 kg to stratosphere

South Korea will invest 37.47 billion won in developing a solar-powered drone that could carry over 20 kilograms in the stratosphere and with natural disaster monitoring capability by 2025. The drone will serve as an...

S. Korean scientists develop 3D printing ink from sunflower pollen

A group of South Korean scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore managed to develop 3D printing ink material from sunflower pollen. The research team led by professor Cho Nam-joon first incubated...

Kumho Petrochemical to produce eco-friendly rubber compound out of rice bran

Kumho Petrochemical Co. will produce an eco-friendly synthetic rubber compound made of rice bran-based bio-silica. Silica improves fuel efficiency, braking power, and wear resistance of synthetic rubber for...

From CRISPR to glowing proteins to optogenetics – scientists' most powerful technologies have been borrowed from nature

Watson and Crick, Schrdinger and Einstein all made theoretical breakthroughs that have changed the worlds understanding of science. Today big, game-changing ideas are less common. New and improved techniques are the...

Technology

Telegram update introduces new themes for private chats

The latest update on Telegram appears to be focused on giving users more options to customize their chats. People can now apply new themes to private chats, as well as use animated emojis and enable read receipts for group...

OnePlus 9T will not be released this year

To those waiting for the OnePlus 9T, it is time to reconsider their smartphone upgrade plans. The company recently announced the device is not in the pipeline. For years, OnePlus has had two major smartphone launch...

Google Pixel foldable phone codenamed ‘Passport’ will reportedly launch in late 2021

Talks about Googles rumored foldable smartphone have been renewed recently after a couple of potential clues surfaced online. Now, a long-time renowned leaker has weighed in, reporting that a device codenamed Passport is...

‘League of Legends’ will have heavier punishments for repeat ‘leavers’ and AFK offenders

Abruptly leaving a match or moving away from the keyboard (AFK) could affect other players, especially in online multiplayer games like League of Legends. So for repeat offenders, Riot Games confirmed it is planning to...

Samsung Galaxy S22 benchmark test hints at the use of Snapdragon 898 SoC

A Geekbench test result reportedly done for a device believed to be Samsung Galaxy S22 has appeared in the wild. And it could be one of the earliest confirmations that it will be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 898 SoC,...
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