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Andrew Norton

Andrew Norton

I've worked at the Open University since 1992 and am now Professor of Astrophysics Education in the Department of Physical Sciences. I'm a former Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society and am Editor-in-Chief of the journal Astronomical Review.

My research interests are in various aspects of time domain astrophysics with a current focus on stellar photometry from wide field surveys to investigate close binary stars. I carry out research on all sorts of variable stars, including white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes, and I edit the International Exoplanet Newsletter. I am co-lead for the materials and learning objects for the PLATO Education and Public Outreach Coordination Office in support of ESA's mission to discover rocky exoplanets in Earth-like orbits around Sun-like stars.

I am passionate about outreach and public engagement - being both a STEMnet ambassador and a public engagement ambassador for the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement. I wrote a story book about Exoplanets for young children called "Oogle-Flip and the planet adventure". I also co-wrote the series of "60 second adventures in Astronomy" and am a frequent Academic Consultant for OU/BBC astronomy co-productions,

My Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number is 13.

Exomoons: astronomers report first ever discovery

Oct 04, 2018 14:27 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

In Star Wars VI we first meet the Ewoks living on the Forest Moon of Endor. The planet Endor itself is a gas giant, but the Forest Moon is a habitable world, peopled by small furry sentient creatures. While we may not be...

More than 1,000 new exoplanets discovered – but still no Earth twin

May 12, 2016 04:34 am UTC| Science

NASA astronomers working with data from the Kepler space observatory have presented the largest single crop of newly discovered exoplanets to date. Its impressive 1,284 new planets have been announced, including around...

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Economy

S. Korea imports record-high 54,127 tons of wine in 2020

South Korea imported a record-high 54,127 tons of wines last year, up 24.4 percent from the previous year, as more of its citizens indulged in drinking at home due to the pandemic. According to the data by the Korea...

Hyundai Heavy collaborates with Saudi Aramco in hydrogen project

Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings has signed a deal to import liquefied petroleum gas from state-run oil firm Saudi Aramco to produce blue hydrogen. Under the deal, Hyundai Oilbank, HHIHs refining unit, will import...

Nippon Steel to increase boost R&D investment to speed up decarbonization

Nippon Steel will increase spending on research and development (RD) to hasten decarbonization in steelmaking and address climate change issues. The worlds No. 3 steelmaker is facing growing pressure to cut carbon...

Sumitomo Mitsui likely to halt financing all kinds of coal-powered plants

Japans Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) is likely to stop providing new financing to coal-fired power plants, including more environmentally friendly projects, due to growing pressure from global investors and...

S. Korea eyes ‘travel bubble’ to prop up aviation industry

South Korea will pursue travel bubble agreements for people to travel internationally without restrictions to revitalize the aviation industry, said Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki. Travel bubbles are agreements between...

Politics

Joe Biden COVID-19 response: POTUS says there is enough vaccine for all adults until May

With the Biden administration already ramping up efforts to make sure everyone is vaccinated, President Joe Biden brought more good news for adults across the country. Biden announced that there would be enough vaccines...

Barack Obama: New book claims ex-POTUS initially did not want to endorse Joe Biden

While former President Barack Obama is known for having a very close friendship with his then-vice president Joe Biden, a new book claims that their friendship did not extend to a campaign endorsement. The book claims that...

Kamala Harris reaffirms US-Australia ties in call with Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Vice President Kamala Harris is reaching out to world leaders as part of the Biden-Harris administrations plan to re-engage with allies. Harris recently reaffirmed the US alliance with Australia with its Prime Minister...

Donald Trump investigation: House Oversight Committee issues subpoena to ex-POTUS' accounting firm again

The Manhattan prosecutors are not the only ones who want to look into the financial records of former President Donald Trump. It appears the House is also keen on looking into Trumps records as its oversight committee has...

Science

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Pigs can play video games, scientists discover

Pigs might not be able to fly, but they can play video games. In a new study, researchers from Purdue University in Indiana, US have shown that pigs can use a digital screen and joystick, operated by their snout, to move a...

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

A century ago, an upstart German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein turned the scientific world on its head with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, which proved light to be both a particle and a wave. Awarded...

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy. The head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis...

In the rush for coronavirus information, unreviewed scientific papers are being publicized

COVID-19 has not only upended our personal lives, it has dramatically changed scientific research. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, scientists around the world have had to find new ways to collaborate and...

Technology

Lenovo Legion 2 Pro poster hints at ‘twin-turbo cooling system’

Another gaming-focused phone from a well-known computer brand is launching in the coming months. More teasers have started making the rounds online pointing at the imminent launch of Lenovos Legion 2 Pro. Lenovo Legion...

Nintendo Switch Pro is launching in 2021 with 7-inch OLED panels

Nintendo Switch Pro is trending online and this time fans have something to read more than just theories and speculations. Samsung Display is reportedly supplying Nintendo with OLED panels for a new console this...

iOS 14.5 beta 3 updates Find My app hinting at imminent AirTags launch

More features are being added to the beta version of iOS 14.5, and this time it may have introduced something that could be hinting at the imminent launch of AirTags. iPhone and iPad users with access to the in-testing...

AMD RX 6700 XT for 1440p gaming resolution launches March 18

High-end graphics cards for gaming with 4K and ray tracing is the rage right now. However, many gamers are still perfectly happy with exploring their favorite games with just the 1440p setting. Luckily, chip makers like...
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