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Curious Selfie on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at the “Mojave” site, where it took further samples of Mount Sharp. The self-portrait combines dozens of images taken in January 2015 by MAHLI, a camera at the end of a robotic arm.

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The Lab That Time Forgot

An analytical chemistry laboratory that has been lost in time.

Photo: Gumpe (via Flickr)

The Raman King

Dimosthenis Sokaras, scientist at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), adjusts the focus mirrors on the X-ray Raman and X-ray emission spectroscopy instrument on its Beamline 6-2.

Photo: Brad Plummer

Distant Analytical Horizons

Image of Pluto, backlit by the sun, taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft from a distance of 1.25 million miles. “With flowing ices, exotic surface chemistry, mountain ranges, and vast haze, Pluto is showing a diversity of planetary geology that is truly thrilling,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate.


Plasma Nebulization

Light scattering from a red diode laser reveals jets of liquid aerosol ejected from a solution in contact with a low-power plasma, the solution-cathode glow discharge. Research being conducted by Andrew Schwartz, Steven Ray and Gary Hieftje of Indiana University, US.

Photo: Andrew Schwartz

Analytical Scribblings

A legal “cheat sheet” becomes art – after the exam.

Photo: Ashour Rehana

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Rich Whitworth

Rich Whitworth completed his studies in medical biochemistry at the University of Leicester, UK, in 1998. To cut a long story short, he escaped to Tokyo to spend five years working for the largest English language publisher in Japan. "Carving out a career in the megalopolis that is Tokyo changed my outlook forever. When seeing life through such a kaleidoscopic lens, it's hard not to get truly caught up in the moment." On returning to the UK, after a few false starts with grey, corporate publishers, Rich was snapped up by Texere Publishing, where he spearheaded the editorial development of The Analytical Scientist. "I feel honored to be part of the close-knit team that forged The Analytical Scientist – we've created a very fresh and forward-thinking publication." Rich is now also Content Director of Texere Publishing, the company behind The Analytical Scientist.

"Making great scientific magazines isn’t just about delivering knowledge and high quality content; it’s also about packaging these in the right words to ensure that someone is truly inspired by a topic. My passion is ensuring that our authors’ exper
Stephanie Vine

"Making great scientific magazines isn’t just about delivering knowledge and high quality content; it’s also about packaging these in the right words to ensure that someone is truly inspired by a topic. My passion is ensuring that our authors’ expertise is presented as a seamless and enjoyable reading experience, whether in print, in digital or on social media. I’ve spent seven years writing and editing features for scientific and manufacturing publications, and in making this content engaging and accessible without sacrificing its scientific integrity. There is nothing better than a magazine with great content that feels great to read."

Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as an Associate Editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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