A single cell expands in all directions in a foam-like architecture of zebrafish embryo tissue, probing stiffness.

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Read about cell mechanosensing, quantum spin liquids, and hard and electrically conducting graphene composites. We also feature a Review on hierarchically structured bioinspired nanocomposites


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  • The Nobel prize medal for Chemistry

    The 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry. Here, the Nature Portfolio presents a selection of research, review, news and opinion articles that highlight the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry over the past two decades.

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  • The hunt for a quantum spin liquid continues with new materials and more refined methods leading the way.

  • Zhu-Jun Wang and Zhi Liu discuss how advanced characterization technologies have helped to understand ancient man-made materials and human history.

    • Zhu-Jun Wang
    • Zhi Liu
    Why it Matters
  • Zhi-Wei Shan, a professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University (School of Materials Science and Engineering), talks to Nature Materials about the non-negligible impact of trace impurities in metallic structural materials.

    • Xin Li
  • Experiments with entangled photons, which enabled the pioneering of quantum information science, have been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics.

  • A change in UK government must lead to changes in science policy.

  • Gang Qian from CITIC Pacific Special Steel, one of the major steelmakers in China, talks to Nature Materials about their experience and perspective on moving towards decarbonization.

    • Xin Li

Computational Materials Design

Computation plays a vital role in the analysis of the materials that are needed to address current complex needs such as energy, information technology, or operations under extreme conditions.


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