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Great Red Spot powers up the heat on Jupiter

Jovian atmosphere above storm is hundreds of degrees hotter than elsewhere on the planet

Radioactive decay of manganese-54 is not affected by the seasons, says physicist

New study suggests electron-capture process is not influenced by Earth's proximity to the Sun

Palestinian Advanced Physics School is a first

Master's students gather for lectures on advanced topics in particle and synchrotron physics

Delensing of cosmic microwave background could reveal ancient gravitational waves

New technique uses infrared observations to clean up microwave images

World's most sensitive dark-matter search comes up empty handed

"Nightmare scenario" looms as LUX sees no WIMPs

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Fang Lizhi, physicist and dissident

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