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‘A very disturbing picture’: another retraction imminent for controversial physicist

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Nature 620, 14-16 (2023)


Disclosure: The author of this story is related to Robert Garisto, the managing editor of PRL. The two have had no contact about this story. Documents obtained by Nature show that Samindranath Mitra was the acting managing editor for PRL’s investigation.

Updates & Corrections

  • Update 25 July 2023: This story was updated to include a statement by Ranga Dias.

  • Update 15 August 2023: This article was updated following the retraction of a 2021 paper in Physical Review Letters.


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