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David Rothery

David Rothery

Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University

I became Professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University in November 2013, having been a Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences since 1994. Before that I was a Lecturer here. I am now in the Department of Physical Sciences, but until 2011 was in the former Department of Earth Sciences. During 1999-2004 I was Director of Teaching and Geosciences Programme Director. I have also been Leader of the IAVCEI Commission on Remote Sensing, and in 2005 I was appointed to the PPARC Solar System Advisory Panel and the BepiColombo Oversight Committee.

In May 2006 I was appointed UK Lead Scientist (now lead Co-Investigator) on MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer), which is the only UK Principal Investigator instrument on BepiColombo, the European Space Agency mission to Mercury to be launched in 2017. I chair ESA's Mercury Surface and Composition Working Group. I was also a member of the Science Advisory Panel for C1XS, the X-ray spectrometer on Chandrayaan-1 (launched 22 Oct 2008).
In 2006-7 I served on the ESSC/ESF Ad Hoc Group on Definition of a science-driven European scenario for space exploration.

My research interests centre on the study of volcanic activity by means of remote sensing, and volcanology and geoscience in general on other planets. My landmark book 'Planet Mercury: From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World' was published by Springer-Praxis on 14 Dec 2014. I also wrote 'Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunami, A complete introduction' (new edition 2015) and 'Geology, A complete introduction' (new edition 2015) for Hodder's 'Teach Yourself' series, and 'A Very Short Introduction to Planets', Oxford University Press (2010). A companion volume 'A Very Short Introduction to Moons' was published in November 2015.

Space Science Series

Proof: Saturn moon Enceladus is able to host life – it's time for a new mission

Apr 14, 2017 01:56 am UTC| Science

Ever since studies started suggesting that chemical reactions between water and rock on Saturns moon Enceladus could provide enough energy in the water to feed microbial life, scientists have been searching for proof that...

Space Science Series

Solar system with seven Earth-like planets found around nearby star – here's what they could be like

Feb 28, 2017 07:12 am UTC| Science

There have been many discoveries of potentially habitable planets orbiting stars other than our own over the last few years. Now things are getting even more exciting. Scientists have documented a star surrounded by no...

How old is our moon?

Jan 12, 2017 14:37 pm UTC| Science

Most scientists agree that the Earth has pretty much always had its moon. Details of the moons composition (in particular the isotopic mixture of heavier and lighter versions of various elements) are too similar to the...

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Economy

German bunds slump despite lower-than-expected June manufacturing PMI; Eurozone PMIs cheer investors

The German bunds slumped during European session Friday even as the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of June came in lower than market expectations. However, eurozones PMIs cheered investors, thus lending...

New Zealand’s net migrant inflows continue to trend downwards in May; impetus to GDP growth likely to shrink

New Zealands monthly net migrant inflows continued to trend downwards, but ticked up on last month as arrivals bounced while departures continued to lift. Short-term visitor arrivals lifted and continue to hold at elevated...

USD/TWD likely to head for 30.5 as global markets start to react seriously on threat of trade war, says Scotiabank

The USD/TWD currency pair is expected to head for 30.5 level as global markets have started to take threat of trade war seriously, according to the latest research report from Scotiabank. USD/TWD NDF points are now trading...

JGBs trade tight after May consumer price inflation meets estimates, June manufacturing PMI rises

The Japanese 10-year government bonds traded in a tight range on Friday after the countrys national consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month of May met market expectations, although remaining far from the Bank of...

Australian bonds gain with U.S. Treasuries, lingering trade war concerns support

Australian government bonds gained on last trading day of the weekFridaywith the U.S. Treasuries amid a backdrop of lingering concerns related to escalating trade tensions between the US and China. The yield on...

Politics

Venezuelans are boycotting their presidential election

Venezuelas May 20 presidential election may be an election in name only. Nicolás Maduro is widely expected to be reelected as Venezuelas president despite his 20 percent approval rating and profound mismanagement...

Ramaphosa's new dawn: much better, but not nearly enough

Cyril Ramaphosas rise to power has been greeted enthusiastically by most South Africans. Their hope is that the new president represents a leadership cohort within the governing African National Congress (ANC) thats...

Profile: Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's hardline defence minister

One of the most divisive figures in Israeli politics, Avigdor Lieberman, has been his countrys defence minister since May 2016. Despite his publicly acrimonious relationship with the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,...

The first terrorist act in Indonesian prison: the triggers and how to prevent them

Indonesia witnessed another terrorist act last week. But, this time, it occurred in a maximum-security detention centre located at the polices Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java. More than 150 terrorist...

South Africa's print media is failing to empower citizens on corruption

The mainstream media can play an important role in fighting corruption. Investigative journalists in South Africa, for instance, helped to expose how the politically connected Gupta family captured elements of the...

Science

Bacteria Could Be the Key To Breathing on Mars, Study Says

The atmosphere on Mars is so thin that humans wont be able to breathe on the red planet unless they are wearing space suits. With plans to colonize it, wearing the bulky apparel would pose a considerable level of...

Magnets Could Be the Key to Better Wine, Study Finds

Humans have been making wine since pre-historic times, with the discovery of alcoholic beverages made from honey dating thousands of year back. Throughout the millennia, new methods for wine-making have cropped up. This...

Antipsychotic Drugs Increases Risks Of Obesity and Diabetes In Children, Study Says

Update: The article previously mentioned that antipsychotic drugs were used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study does not mention this fact and we apologize for the inaccurate statement....

Scientists Just Found A Black Hole That Is Eating Everything In Its Path

Black holes are some of the most terrifying subjects in the realm of science. Not only do they offer a glimpse into the raw power that is present in the universe, they also invoke undefinable terror in those who imagine...

Salt Could Prevent Hearing Loss After An Explosion

In movies, whenever a bomb goes off or an explosion occurs, there is that iconic moment where sounds are muffled and there is a high-pitched ring that pervades the whole scene. While films can go over-the-top with regards...

Technology

Ukrainian Authorities Arrest 4 Programmers Operating Bogus Crypto Exchanges

Ukrainian authorities arrested four men who were tagged in six fraudulent virtual currency exchanges that eventually resulted in the financial losses of their victims. According to Cointelegraph, the men promoted the bogus...

Hydro-Quebec Tells Crypto Companies to Bid for Electricity

Earlier this month, Hydro-Quebec released an announcement stating that it will temporarily stop processing requests from crypto mining companies, with the mandate coming directly from the Quebec provincial government. The...

Swiss Federal Councillor Urges Inclusion of Blockchain in School Curriculums

Crypto miners and companies operating in this new industry have been gravitating towards Switzerland since the countrys stance on the nascent market is quite friendly. One of its regions has even been dubbed Crypto Valley,...

Festival Organizers Turn to Blockchain to Eliminate Scalpers

In the first of its kind, the promoters of a music festival will run the majority of an event via blockchain technology. This particular niche in the music industry has a deep-rooted problem with scalpers, those people who...

Apple Seeks Cancellation of 4 Qualcomm Patents

It is now starting to look like Apple and Qualcomm will never run out of reasons to drag each other to court. Recently Apple filed a complaint that seeks the cancellation of four patents granted to Qualcomm. As first...
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