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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

Eurozone PMI moderation in June unlikely to derail growth, high consumer confidence suggests strong year ahead

The headline IHS Markit Eurozone PMI fell from a joint six-year high of 56.8 in May to a five-month low of 55.7 in June, according to the preliminary flash estimate released earlier today. Data missed economists forecasts...

Eurozone periphery bonds mixed post higher-than-expected German manufacturing PMI

The Eurozone periphery bonds traded mixed Friday after reading a higher-than-expected rise in the German manufacturing PMI for the month of June, released earlier today. The benchmark German 10-year bond yields, which...

USD/TWD likely to hold around 30.40–30.70 range in the near-term, says Commerzbank

The USD/TWD currency pair is expected to hold at levels of around 30.40-30.70 in the coming months after the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (CBC) remained on hold, Commerzbank reported. The Central Bank...

New Zealand bonds gain at close tracking U.S. Treasuries post rise in initial jobless claims

The New Zealand bonds ended on the upside after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) remained unchanged in its monetary policy decision, revealed early today while maintaining a balanced outlook of the economy. At the...

EUR/USD likely to reach 1.06 by end-2018, says Commerzbank

The EUR/USD is expected to reach a level of 1.06 by the end of next year, having downside potential. Most of the analysts arguing for 1.20-ish levels simply extrapolate the medium-term upward trend in EUR/USD. Even the...

Politics

US under Trump Series: Trump pours on cold water on 'Comey tapes' speculation

With a series of tweets, President Donald Trump poured cold water over the hot speculations that has been brewing for months that there are tapes of conversations between him and the former FBI director James Comey. After...

Why Lesotho's in such a mess and what can be done about it

In an interview following his recent return as Prime Minister of Lesotho, Tom Thabane has blamed the army for the countrys chronic political instability. Stating that his previous administration (after an election in 2012)...

US under Trump Series: US department of Justice launches investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal

According to a Fox News report, which was confirmed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, the U.S. Department of Justice has launched a formal inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...

Data Of Almost 200M Americans Collected By GOP Leaked, No Protection Whatsoever

When collecting data from citizens for use in things like winning elections, it makes sense to afford hoard with heavyweight protection. Not only did the GOP fail to do this, which led to the leak of data of 198 million...

Julius Caesar in our times

All the worlds a stage, Shakespeare once wrote. In recent weeks, that Shakespearean adage has been particularly resonant, with the New York Public Theaters production of Julius Caesar attracting worldwide scrutiny...

Science

Elon Musk Tells Climate Change Deniers To Get A Thermometer

The vast majority of scientists agree that climate change is real and that it is being sped up by human activity, theres no debate there. Unfortunately, there are still those with influence in the political sphere that...

Scientist Say Lack Of Funding Is Biggest Obstacle To Immortality

For centuries, humanity has been searching for ways to live longer, resist diseases, and generally have a happier life. Throughout the centuries, people thought that the biggest challenge to discovering the secret to...

Electric Cars Can Also Power Buildings When Parked, Researchers Say

It seems there is one more reason to get an electric car other than to protect the environment. According to researchers, vehicles running on electricity can also power buildings without suffering battery drain or...

10% Of US Energy Harvested From Renewables, There Is Hope

When President Donald Trump announced that he was going to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, hardly anyone was surprised. Even so, many still despaired regarding the future of renewable energy. Fortunately, it seems...

Driverless Cars Gets Neil deGrasse Tyson Seal Of Approval

As one of the most popular and beloved scientific figures in the world, if Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson says that a particular scientific trend is great, most people tend to pay attention. Thats why his words of...

Technology

Valve’s New Knuckles VR Controller Supports All Five Fingers

Right now, the most responsive VR controller in the market is arguably the Oculus Touch, but it does come with a few issues. For one thing, it doesnt provide support for individual digits on the hands. With Valves new VR...

Get $120 Off Of Unlockable iPhone SE At Virgin Mobile

While the iPhone SE is not exactly the sexiest product in Apples lineup, its still a functional smartphone with decent features. Customers who would like to get their hands on the device for cheap can buy it for $120 off....

Caltech Creates Cameras Without Lenses, Thinner Smartphones Coming Up

Just when it was thought that smartphones could not get any thinner, Caltech engineers just had to be creative and muck everything up. By creating a camera technology that does not require a lens, these Brainiacs basically...

Steam Summer Sale Is Here And Dark Souls III Is At 60% Off

As promised, the annual Steam Summer Sale is here and boy does it deliver on the hype. Multiple AAA games are up for grabs at ridiculously low prices, along with their various DLCs and extra features. Some indie titles...

Steam Summer Sale Date Has Been Announced, Extra Discount Via PayPal

Every year, PC gamers look forward to the Steam Summer Sale, which has become something of a holiday to fans. This years launch date has already been announced and its set for June 22nd. This means that gamers will try in...
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June 23 14:30 UTC Released

USECRI Weekly Annualized*

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3.4 %

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3.7 %

June 23 14:30 UTC Released

USECRI Weekly Index*

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143.7 %

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144.0 %

June 26 08:00 UTC 21142114m

GBIfo Expectations*

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106.5 k

June 26 08:00 UTC 21142114m

DEIfo Business Climate*

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114.4 bln BRL

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114.6 bln BRL

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DEIfo Expectations*

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106.4 %

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106.5 %

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DEIfo Current Conditions*

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123.3 mln

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123.2 mln

June 26 08:30 UTC 21442144m

GBIfo Expectations*

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40.750 k

June 26 08:30 UTC 21442144m

BRBBA Mortgage Approvals

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40.750 k

June 26 11:00 UTC 22942294m

BRBBA Mortgage Approvals

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84.2 k

June 26 11:00 UTC 22942294m

RUFGV Consumer Conf*

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84.2 %

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