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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.

Scientists have started steering lightning with lasers – here's how

Jan 24, 2023 07:36 am UTC| Science

Lightning may look beautiful but every year it kills thousands of people, does huge amounts of damage to buildings and infrastructure, and causes power outages. The only protection we have is lightning rods, which were...

Space Science Series

The UK is about to have its first space launch – but Cornwall is unlikely to become a new Cape Canaveral

Oct 19, 2022 08:52 am UTC| Science

Virgin Orbit, a US company which provides launch services for satellites, has announced that the first orbital space mission from the UK will blast off from Cornwall. The rocket, which will carry nine satellites, along...

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....

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Economy

Paramount is merging Showtime and Paramount Plus, to offer service under new name

Paramount Global media company revealed it would be combining its Showtime TV network and Paramount Plus streaming service. Once merged, the new service will have a new name - Paramount+ with Showtime. Paramount Global...

Shinsegae I&C, Tmap Mobility agree to EV charging collaboration

Shinsegae IC Inc. and Tmap Mobility Co. Ltd. have joined forces for the expansion of their electric car charging business. The companies confirmed their partnership earlier this week. Under the terms agreed upon by...

Netflix users threaten to ditch service new password-sharing policy is implemented

Netflix recently announced it will be collecting fees from subscribers who share passwords with other users. The streaming giant is taking this step to prevent people, who do not pay, from using the service. Moreover,...

BTS’ agency Hybe buys stake in Supertone audio tech startup

Hybe Co., the managing agency of the BTS superstar boy group, has acquired a 56.1% stake in Supertone audio technology firm. The deal was announced by the company on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Hybe Co. said that it has invested...

Kakao Mobility partners with Super Hero, Dealver, Delion Group, Manna Planet delivery services

Kakao Mobility Co. Ltd., a transportation company based in South Korea, has formed an alliance with four major delivery services to boost sales while cutting operation costs as well. The company signed deals with Dealver,...

Politics

Russia-Ukraine war: Kyiv blasts Croatian president's Crimea comments

Ukraines foreign ministry criticized the comments by Croatian President Zoran Milanovic over the Russian-annexed Crimea. Milanovics comments were in contrast with his countrys Prime Minister and the public, who have openly...

Myanmar coup: UK sanctions companies supplying Myanmar military's air strikes

The United Kingdom has imposed sanctions on two companies and two individuals for supplying the Myanmar military with fuel that was used to carry out air strikes in the country. The new sanctions come as the country is now...

Russia-Ukraine war: UK says not practical to send fighter jets

The United Kingdom said it was not practical to send fighter jets to Ukraine after Kyiv said it would now push to secure the vehicles. The new push follows Kyivs securing of battle tanks from the West. A spokesperson...

US: Labor agency says Apple workplace rules violate labor laws

A US labor agency found that major tech company Apple Inc. violated labor laws. The agency found that Apple unlawfully discourages its employees from discussing working conditions. In an email seen by Reuters, the...

Science

S. Korean researchers develop urine test that diagnoses cancer

A South Korean research team has developed a strip-type urine test that successfully diagnoses prostate and pancreatic cancer on-site by amplifying the optical signal of the metabolome in urine. The joint research team...

S. Korea to invest ₩275 billion in biopharma R&D projects

South Korea will invest 274.6 billion won in the bio-industry this year for 252 new RD projects in the four fields of biopharmaceuticals, healthcare, biomaterials, and medical equipment in 2023. According to South...

Scientists have started steering lightning with lasers – here's how

Lightning may look beautiful but every year it kills thousands of people, does huge amounts of damage to buildings and infrastructure, and causes power outages. The only protection we have is lightning rods, which were...

Our Solar System is filled with asteroids that are particularly hard to destroy, new study finds

A vast amount of rocks and other material are hurtling around our Solar System as asteroids and comets. If one of these came towards us, could we successfully prevent the collision between an asteroid and Earth? Well,...

Eisai, Biogen apply for Alzheimer's drug approval in Japan

Eisai Co. and Biogen Inc. hope to gain approval with the Japanese health ministry by the end of the year of an Alzheimers drug that could both treat the cause and slow symptom progression. The U.S. Food and Drug...

Technology

McDonald’s tests robot-manned restaurant in US

McDonalds has opened its first restaurant almost without employees in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A video of this restaurant posted on Twitter shows that once a customer walks in, theres no one...

Osaka University designs anti-insect laser gun that could work on roaches too

A research team at Osaka Universitys Institute of Laser Engineering has created a blue laser diode gun that could target and lock on to insects weak spots before firing a precision beam. Led by Professors Hiroshi Fuji...

Intel loses $8 billion in market value after revealing dim forecast

Intel Corp saw about $8 billion wiped off its market value after it fanned fears in the personal computer market by predicting a loss for the first quarter and giving a revenue forecast of $3 billion below...

SK Telecom steps into AI coffee robot biz

SK Telecom is launching an unmanned coffee robot service dubbed AI Barista Robot in collaboration with Doosan Robotics Co. The robot can make about 20 different types of coffee and drinks and offers coffee that...

LG Innotek's net up 10.3% in 2022 on auto components demand

LG Innotek Co. posted a net income of 979.8 billion won in 2022, up 10 percent on-year, due to robust sales of high-value products and growing demand from automotive components. The company, an affiliate of LG group and...
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