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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

ECB seen to adopt first rate hike in December 2019 owing to increased downside risks to growth, inflation: Danske Bank

The European Central Bank (ECB) is expected to adopt its first rate hike of 20 basis points in December 2019, i.e. after Mario Draghis reign ends in October same year. This is primarily owing to the increased downside...

USD/INR likely to trade higher towards 66.0 mark with increasing odds to rally through the psychological resistance, says Scotiabank

The USD/INR currency pair is expected to trade higher towards the 66.0 mark with increasing odds to rally through the psychological resistance, according to the latest report from Scotiabank. Crude oil prices are set to...

Australia 10-year bond yield hits 5-week high tracking overnight losses in U.S. Treasuries, UK Gilts and German bunds

Australian government bonds slumped on last trading day of the weekFridayfollowing overnight losses in the U.S. Treasuries, UK Gilts and Germany bunds, where 10-year Note yield breached 2.90 percent. The yield on...

UK gilts plunge despite worse-than-expected March retail sales data; BoE’s MPC members’ speech in focus

The UK gilts plunged during European session Thursday despite a worse-than-expected reading of the countrys retail sales data for the month of March released today. Market participants shall now be focussing on a host Bank...

Australian March employment rises in March, signals optimistic outlook for full year

Australias employment index for the month of March rose, although downward revisions to February show that the record run of jobs gains is over. The slowdown in employment growth comes on the back of a very strong run...

Politics

Rise of cryptocurrencies could curb American power

There has been a lot of talk in foreign policy circles of the coming post-American world in which the international system will transition from a unipolar to a multipolar system. But, as we currently stand, the US remains...

South Africa's future hinges on Ramaphosa's strategic skills

South Africas 2018 State of the Nation address by the president of South Africa has been postponed. This unprecedented step makes it clear that the country is seeing the final days of Jacob Zuma as president although it...

Is full transparency good for democracy?

With the approval of President Donald Trump, the House of Representatives released the so-called Nunes memo on Feb. 2. In it, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes describes alleged abuses of surveillance...

Empowering the powerless: Let's end energy poverty

Power to the people, the activists chanted in the 1960s. The revolutionaries of yesteryear never dreamed of the scientific and technological innovations that could light up distant shelters and communities in the...

How neoliberalism is damaging your mental health

There is a widespread perception that mental ill health is on the rise in the West, in tandem with a prolonged decline in collective well-being. The idea that there are social and economic causes behind this perceived...

Science

Eyebrows Were Crucial For Human Survival, Study Says

The human eyebrows are often two of the most underrated and yet essential physical aspects of a persons appearance that influences interactions. For example, a unibrow can often result in mockery and the same goes for...

Undetected Asteroid Nearly Missed The Earth, Shows Glaring Holes In Detection Capabilities

Its a general rule to trust governments and space agencies to be able to do things like detect oncoming asteroids that might impact the earth at some point. However, a recent incident proves that there are still holes in...

Elon Musk Proves How Crazy He Is With Party Balloon And Bouncy House Idea

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is considered something of a mad scientist by a lot of people, but not all for the wrong reasons. He has taken huge risks and leaps of faith that would have caused many to age prematurely with dread but...

USDA Is Cool With Scientists Genetically Editing Food

In case anyone was wondering what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was doing with all of the genetic engineering thats going on in the world of food, the answer is absolutely nothing. The agency recently...

Reputed Journal Retracts Flawed CRISPR Paper A Little Too Late

Science is a process that is often riddled with issues that affect the results of the work being done. This is why multiple experiments need to be conducted first before making conclusions and why papers need to be...

Technology

New Castlevania Game To Be Release On Mobile

Gamers have made their feelings toward Konami quite clear over the past several years, but many are still attached to their IPs, including Castlevania. This is why the recent announcement that a new game from the series...

‘Doom’ Soundtrack Is Now On Vinyl, Feel That Warm Music Of Demon Slaying

Music enthusiasts who prefer listening via Vinyl records always say that they do it because the sound is warmer. Well, things are about to reach scorched earth temperatures with the official soundtrack of Doom coming to...

New Electric Skateboard Only Costs $749 Now

Skateboarding is usually an activity that involves movement via leg power or using angles of the terrain. In 2013, however, a company released an electric skateboard that made it possible to simply stand on the platform...

Free Mobile Game From Google Can Teach Adults How To Code

Coding has become such an important part of life in the modern society that it has pervaded pretty much every aspect of daily life, whether people know it or not. More to the point, future industries will require less...

God Of War GOTY Prospect, Solving One Of Gaming’s Greatest Hang-ups

God of War has yet to officially release but publications are already hyping it up for players, with its prospect of being an obvious Game of the Year contender getting plenty of attention. Many have also commented on how...
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