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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.

Ax-1: why the private mission to the International Space Station is a game changer

Apr 05, 2022 11:57 am UTC| Science

Its not long since billionaires were competing to get to the edge of space. Now, the first set of private citizens are getting ready to take a SpaceX shuttle up to the International Space Station (ISS). Unlike the short...

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...

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Economy

SK Chemicals sets recycled plastic circulation ecosystem platform

SK Chemicals Co. has established a business platform for a recycled plastic circulation ecosystem dubbed Eeum that connects producers, partners, and brands online. Plastic industry insiders and businesses with...

McDonald’s to sell Russian business to existing Siberia-based licensee

McDonalds will sell its Russian business to Alexander Govor, its current licensee in the market, and operate it under a new brand. Govor has agreed to buy all of McDonalds locations in Russia and has also agreed to keep...

Taco Bell brings back its Mexican Pizza after customers started petitioning for its return

Taco Bell has finally brought back the customers favorite food item, which is Mexican Pizza. The Irvine, California headquartered fast-food restaurant chain added it again to the menu after a nearly 2-year absence. As...

Under Armour’s chief Patrik Frisk unexpectedly vacates CEO post, COO to take over

Under Armour, an American sports apparel, athletic shirts, shoes, and accessories company, announced the upcoming departure of its chief executive officer, Patrik Frisk. He will step down, and an interim chief has been...

Google's Russian unit filed for bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account

Googles local subsidiary in Russia has filed for bankruptcy, and this was posted on the Russian office of registry - Fedresurs. The post was said to have been publicized on Wednesday, May 18. In the message, Googles...

Politics

UN calls on Iran to stop execution of Swedish-Iranian national

Iran is set to execute a Swedish-Iranian national who is being charged with espionage against the country. The United Nations Human Rights office is now calling on Tehran to stop the execution from taking place. Reuters...

Myanmar coup: Shadow government defense chief urges West to provide arms to resistance in fight against junta

It has been more than a year since the Myanmar military seized control of the country and ousted its democratically-elected government. The defense chief of the countrys shadow government has now urged the West to provide...

North Korea: UN warns COVID outbreak may lead to 'devastating' consequences for human rights

The isolated nation of North Korea is tackling an outbreak of COVID-19 infections in the country, resulting in a nationwide lockdown. With the measures in place, the United Nations warned that the consequences of the...

Kevin McCarthy has 'nowhere to run' following subpoena from Jan. 6 committee, says former federal prosecutor

The congressional committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has moved towards issuing subpoenas to several sitting Republican members of Congress in recent weeks. According to a former federal prosecutor, House...

Science

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Osaka University team proves safety of iPS-based cornea transplant

An Osaka University research team has concluded that the worlds first clinical trial, transplanting corneal tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, was safe and effective. According to the...

Technology

‘The Last of Us’ remake for PS5 is once again reported to launch in late 2022

It is still unknown where the franchise of The Last of Us is going after its sequel launched in 2019, but it appears that Naughty Dog is working on bringing the first game to the latest generation of PlayStation. The...

iPhone 14 series could launch in mid-September

Apple is expected to maintain its annual schedule of events this year, including the launch of the iPhone 14 series. While the tech giant is very likely to announce its new range of smartphones, a new report claims to have...

Pixel Buds Pro will be available in 12 countries, report says

As Google announced during this years I/O conference, it has a slate of new devices entering the market this year. Some of them will be released this summer, including the Pixel Buds Pro with specs and features that rivals...

LG Uplus unveils metaverse platform featuring virtual office and zoo

LG Uplus Corp. unveiled the Uplus Metaverse platform which includes Uplus Virtual Office for office workers and Uplus Kids Zoo for children. To simulate a true office environment, Uplus Virtual Office provides a virtual...
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