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  • Artist's impression of a face wearing a mask that can sense health data

    In this collection we explore the different facets of wearable electronics, from the design of wearable sensors and of self-charging power sources, to the use of wearable electronics for deep-tissue monitoring and for collecting signals from the mucosa.

  • A hippo navigating in a sea full of plastic

    Plastics shape the modern world, but between their reliance on fossil fuels and their massive accumulation as waste, plastics are at the heart of a dual environmental crisis.

  • A colorful metal-organic framework

    Making the materials science community more inclusive is an important goal to work towards. This collection brings together articles discussing how the materials science community can become more inclusive, featuring action points and uncovering systemic problems underlying the current lack of diversity in academia and beyond.

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    • More than 40 years after the discovery of the quantum Hall effect, the investigation of new variants of this phenomenon and of the exotic physics they represent is still a lively research topic. In this Viewpoint, five scientists involved in the very recent discovery of a new type of Hall effect — the fractional quantum anomalous Hall effect — discuss their results and their implications.

      • Long Ju
      • Allan H. MacDonald
      • Xiaodong Xu
      Viewpoint
    • Chronic wounds, a global health crisis, demand innovative approaches for healing and monitoring. This Review explores the progression of wound care, highlighting advanced biomaterials, emerging technologies and the intricate process of transforming laboratory breakthroughs into clinically applied solutions.

      • Canran Wang
      • Ehsan Shirzaei Sani
      • Wei Gao
      Review Article
    • Space exploration amplifies medical risks to human health. Innovation in space medicine, drug delivery, regenerative medicine and 3D printing is key for astronaut health. This Perspective explores advanced material technologies for space health care and their applicability to terrestrial medicine.

      • Corrine Ying Xuan Chua
      • Miguel Jimenez
      • Alessandro Grattoni
      Perspective
    • Moiré materials are an emerging class of strongly correlated quantum materials designed by the rotational or lattice misalignment of 2D crystals. This Review discusses how local probe techniques are uniquely positioned to elucidate the microscopic mechanisms underlying the electronic phases in moiré materials.

      • Kevin P. Nuckolls
      • Ali Yazdani
      Review Article
    • Edible robots and robotic food that perceive, process and react to stimuli offer opportunities to develop new medical applications, emergency food-delivery systems, waste-reduction strategies in farming and novel gastronomic experiences. This Perspective surveys edible materials that can be used to manufacture robotic components and discusses examples of edible robots and robotic food.

      • Dario Floreano
      • Bokeon Kwak
      • Remko M. Boom
      Perspective
  • One of the most innovative possibilities offered by oxides is the use of heat currents for computational purposes. Towards this goal, phase-change oxides, including ferroelectrics, ferromagnets and related materials, could reproduce sources, logic units and memories used in current and future computing schemes.

    • Guillaume F. Nataf
    • Sebastian Volz
    • Brahim Dkhil
    Comment
  • Disabled scientists are under-represented in STEM and face additional barriers at all career stages. The DisabledInSTEM mentoring programme provides support, an opportunity to learn from others and a sense of community to empower disabled scientists and help them succeed in their careers.

    • Alyssa T. Paparella
    Comment
  • An article in Nature Communications describes a straightforward strategy to synthesize chemically recyclable polytrithiocarbonates with diverse structures.

    • Ariane Vartanian
    Research Highlight
A colorful artistic impression of a metal-organic framework

Inclusivity in materials science

This collection brings together articles discussing how the materials science community can become more inclusive, featuring action points and uncovering systemic problems underlying the current lack of diversity in academia and beyond.
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