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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

Coca-Cola teams up with 'Bleach' anime for its new Soul Blast Coke Zero drink.

Coca-Cola has teamed up with the popular Bleach Japanese animation to release its newest addition to its Soul Blast Collection. The new flavor is also being released to celebrate the upcoming premiere of the Bleach:...

Ford Motor to release its last GT supercar model as it ends its production this year.

Ford Motor Company is ending the production of its GT supercar, and to honor the models racing heritage, the automaker is releasing the very last model of the unit. It will be a special limited-edition car that has been...

LG Energy Solution launches KooRoo and AVEL in-house companies to boost its battery innovation biz.

LG Energy Solution revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 5, that it had inaugurated two new companies called AVEL and KooRoo. The company expects that these in-house ventures will give its workers more independence and adaptability...

SPC Group is set to open a new Paris Baguette store as part of its effort for market expansion in Europe.

SPC Group, the South Korean food company that manufactures food, bread and confectionery products, has expanded its business in France by launching another outlet of its Paris Baguette bakery chain. SPC Group will open...

HSBC is reviewing its business in Canada, and the possible 100% sale will mean its total exit from the country.

HSBC or the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited is reportedly mulling on getting rid of its business in Canada by putting it on the market. It is considering the sale as it looking to amplify returns as...

Politics

The additional military assistance package would be drawn from existing US stockpiles.

The United States announced a new package of additional military assistance to Ukraine as it continues its counter-offensive to reclaim partially occupied territories. The new package would include additional High Mobility...

A spokesperson for British PM Liz Truss said the UK will continue to scrap EU-era laws by the end of 2023.

The press secretary for British Prime Minister Liz Truss said Britain is still looking to ditch the laws it has when the country was still part of the European Union by the end of 2023. This follows Trusss remarks at the...

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will still continue as the country's top physician even if he is confirmed to be the US representative to the WHO.

US President Joe Biden is set to nominate Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to become the US representative to the World Health Organizations executive board. Murthys nomination to the WHO executive panel is subject to approval...

The first hearing on Tuesday was chaired by former appeals court judge Baroness Heather Hallett and attended by people who lost loved ones to COVID-19.

The first hearing started this week over the British governments response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials who are conducting the inquiry have also pledged to get to the truth in a process that will not drag on. The...

Science

The NPS has been focusing on anthocyanins, the antioxidant-rich pigments that give blackberries and blueberries their signature shades.

The US Department of Agriculture approved the genetically modified purple tomato to extend its shelf life and boost nutritional quality almost 15 years after its development. According to biochemist Cathie Martin, she...

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

Technology

Niantic says ‘Pokémon Go’ price hike caused by App Store changes will also roll out on Android

Pokémon Go developer Niantic Labs reminded players of the upcoming price increases on in-game items in some regions. The changes are caused by recent updates on App Store pricing, but Niantic confirmed the price...

FTC decision on the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger could be released in late November

The United States Federal Trade Commission was one of the first regulators to launch an inquiry on the pending Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger. After months of review, the agency is now expected to release its...

Sony says future PlayStation games could take ‘at least a year’ before they launch on PC

Sony has changed the strategy for its first-party games in recent years by launching them on PC one title at a time. The company is expected to carry on with this approach, but PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst said PC...

CD Projekt announces 'Cyberpunk 2077' sequel, five upcoming 'Witcher' games, and an all-new franchise

Following the recent successes of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt confirmed that the game is getting a sequel known as Orion for now. The company also has major plans for the Witcher franchise that includes a total of five new...
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