Editorials

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    Within a few weeks of the novel coronavirus genome sequence being published, numerous therapies and vaccines have entered clinical trials with a few showing great promise in alleviating symptoms and accelerating recovery.

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    Prompted by advances in the programmability of DNA nanostructures and their hybridization, the complexity of nanomaterial lattices guided by DNA continues to increase.

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    Interlayer excitons trapped within van der Waals heterostructures hold great promise for the design of quantum materials, but investigations into their fundamental properties are crucial for future developments in the field.

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    A collective effort from materials scientists, life scientists and clinicians is required to systematically address fundamental questions in the mechanisms of nanoparticle delivery in order to overcome the hurdles in translating nanomedicines for tumour therapy.

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    An arsenal of spectroscopic and microscopic methods is essential to the understanding and development of quantum materials.

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    Materials discovery and developments in nanofabrication and our understanding of transport at the nanoscale are supporting the rapid development of nanofluidics and accelerating its technological translation.

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    Ferroelectricity was experimentally discovered one hundred years ago, spurring research on its fundamental properties and potential applications.

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    We are updating our editorial policies to further encourage authors to make their data publicly accessible. Publishing Extended Data figures and source data online will also ensure that data are given a more prominent role.

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    The awarding of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries was long overdue for a technology that is already providing a vital component of the energy economy.

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    Cold fusion may have a bad reputation, but the materials system in which it was allegedly achieved has plenty still to recommend it.

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    As the negotiation deadline approaches, the impact of Brexit on research in the United Kingdom is already being felt.

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    Creativity in science seems to have evolved over the centuries from mainly a solitary effort to a more collaborative one.

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    We are launching a new column to talk about science with our readers from a broader perspective. Our first topic is mental health in academia.

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    Synergy between materials and methods is helping to address open questions in magnetism and superconductivity.

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    2D materials face challenges along the road to commercialization, with increasing efforts being made in order to satisfy industrial needs.

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    Machine learning is swiftly infiltrating many areas within the healthcare industry, from diagnosis and prognosis to drug development and epidemiology, with significant potential to transform the medical landscape.

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    The redefinition of SI units removes materiality from science’s weights and measures. There’s logic to the decision, but it reminds us what we still don’t know about nature’s scales.

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    Much academic and industrial effort has been devoted to the study of multiferroics, but if related technologies are to have real-world impact, market awareness and reproducibility are also key.

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    As the periodic table reaches the age of 150, we reflect on the historical search for new elements, and consider element usage trends in some key research fields.

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    There is room for improvement in materials sustainability, provided we examine carefully the whole value chain.

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    Prostheses today can trace their roots to the rudimentary designs of the First World War, but since then there have been significant advances that have improved the quality of life of amputees.

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    Highly sophisticated materials properties and engineering efforts are crucial for the success of missions for space exploration and settlement.

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    Treating living matter as a material has immense biomedical potential, but it’s worth acknowledging how the notion unsettles longstanding preconceptions and raises challenging new questions.

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    Lessons learnt from Horizon 2020 and a determination to become a world-class hub for entrepreneurship form the basis of the European Commission’s ambitious Research and Innovation budget.

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    Large-scale, environmentally friendly hydrogen production will rely on steam methane reforming coupled with carbon capture and electrolysis, but solar fuels could have a disruptive role to play.

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    As the interaction of the immune system with the tumour microenvironment becomes increasingly understood, more evidence indicates how immunotherapy can be employed to better eliminate cancers.

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    Whether you like exploring the mysteries of light–matter interactions, playing with a versatile chemical platform, or developing the most efficient devices, metal halide perovskites could be the materials for you.

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    US research funding sees both winners and losers as the Trump administration outlines its agenda.

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    Materials research in Africa can contribute to addressing global challenges by tapping into a growing number of talented scientists.

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    Art historians have joined forces with material scientists in order to better understand the objects of interest but also develop better conservation treatments and preservation approaches.

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    As the electronic performance of organic semiconductors and other emergent materials improves, researchers call for attention in extracting charge mobility values from field-effect transistors.

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    As the role of biophysical cues in regulating cell behaviour is increasingly understood, more evidence in the field of bioengineering indicates how such signals can affect cells and tissues.

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    From a combined effort by theorists, materials scientists and spectroscopists, topology has moved from a purely mathematical idea to the realization of unique properties in several condensed matter systems.

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    The idea that science proceeds from 'pure' curiosity to applications is too simplistic — and always has been.

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    Nature Materials is extending editorial policies regarding transparency of reported data in manuscripts from the physical and life sciences.

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    Researchers and their institutions must play their full part in ensuring that the exciting changes now sweeping France succeed.

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    By considering the environmental impact of materials through their whole life cycle, materials scientists can help develop more sustainable alternatives.

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    Opinion was divided about what the global Marches for Science were about. But it's time to abandon the notion that science should be apolitical.

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    Convergent efforts of researchers from different fields aim to control spin transport in molecules and develop nanoscale spintronic devices with improved performance or new functionalities.

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    With the launch of the Quantum Technologies Flagship, the European Union is looking to become a major player in the upcoming quantum revolution, reaping benefits both for technology development and wealth creation for the European society.

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    The development of new membrane materials for chemical separations is progressing rapidly, and their commercial success will require a more concerted effort from academia and industry.

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    As the family of 2D materials expands to include transition metal dichalcogenides and Xenes, novel fundamental properties and applications come to light.

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    Nature Materials now requests that all original research articles contain a Data Availability Statement declaring the accessibility of the data and where it can be found.

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    The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry celebrates the development of molecular machinery and highlights the importance of fundamental and curiosity-driven research for furthering science.

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    Topological semimetals give access to new quantum phenomena — for example, massless fermions have not been observed as elementary particles, yet they can be realized in the form of quasiparticles in these materials — and could allow the development of robust quantum devices.

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    Commercialization of exciton–polariton research as well as investigation of exciting physical phenomena in exciton–polariton condensates relies on improving material properties.

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    Medical professionals and robotics engineers count on materials scientists for the development of electronic skins with lifelike tactile sensing capabilities.

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    The application of advanced materials in aerospace presents multiple scientific and regulatory challenges that must be addressed.