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    Colloidal structures and lattices made of patchy particles with chemically distinct lobes are formed by exploring site-specific depletion forces. This approach introduces a simple route to assemble colloidal superlattices.

    • Bas G. P. van Ravensteijn
    • , Patrick A. Hage
    •  & Ilja K. Voets
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    A dose threshold of one trillion nanoparticles in mice has been discovered and is shown to be crucial for overwhelming the nanoparticle uptake kinetics of liver Kupffer cells and for ensuring efficient nanoparticle delivery into solid tumours upon intravenous administration.

    • Twan Lammers
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    Surface ledges of β-Ga2O3 (100) substrates guide the unidirectional nucleation and growth of transition metal dichalcogenides, achieving centimetre-long, single-crystalline and densely aligned nanoribbons in wafer scale.

    • Juan Carlos Idrobo
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    Non-fullerene acceptors have successfully overcome energy losses that were thought to be unavoidable in organic solar cells based on fullerene derivatives. However, it is now shown that they have limits too.

    • Justin M. Hodgkiss
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    Single crystals and thin films of metal–organic frameworks can now be directly patterned by lithography down to the sub-50-nm scale, enabling straightforward integration in solid-state devices.

    • Marco Faustini
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    In situ metabolic labelling and targeted modulation of dendritic cells has been achieved using a hydrogel system in combination with covalent capture of antigens and adjuvants, facilitating improved tumour-specific immune response.

    • Joshua M. Gammon
    •  & Christopher M. Jewell
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    Light is known to induce segregation of iodine and bromine in mixed-halide perovskites. Counterintuitively, it is now shown that irradiation at higher intensity reverses this process, leading to halide remixing.

    • Masaru Kuno
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    Zeolitic catalyst particles are grown with nanosized fins that improve mass transport into the interior of the particle. This delays catalyst deactivation in the methanol-to-hydrocarbons process.

    • German Sastre
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    Polymeric glasses with significant thermodynamic and kinetic stability have been fabricated using physical vapour deposition, providing a mean to gather insight into the properties of glasses aged for millions of years.

    • Juan J. de Pablo
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    Controlling nuclear spins coupled to an electron spin in silicon carbide has enabled development of a ‘quantum register’ interfaced with telecom photons, leading to the possibility of distant transport of quantum information.

    • Siddharth Dhomkar
    •  & John J. L. Morton
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    Correlated real-space imaging and optical measurements of twisted MoSe2/WSe2 bilayers reveal strain-induced modulations of the moiré potential landscape, tuning arrays of 0D traps into 1D stripes and leading to substantial changes in the optical response of the heterostructures.

    • Long Zhang
    •  & Hui Deng
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    Carbon nanotubes with single-digit diameter embedded in a solid artificial membrane show pressure-sensitive ionic conductance that is similar to the mechanically activated currents of biological ion channels.

    • Sanjin Marion
    •  & Aleksandra Radenovic
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    The discovery of intrinsic quantum confinement effects in the form of oscillations in the optical absorption of formamidinium lead triiodide thin films is a vivid example of the surprising physical properties of these hybrid organic–inorganic materials.

    • Alejandro R. Goñi
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    Functional single-cell liver hemi-canaliculi have been generated in a synthetic microenvironment using a reductionist approach. It is shown that the interaction between the extracellular matrix and static cadherin is sufficient to develop an apicobasal polarity independently of the contact with neighbouring cells.

    • Covadonga Díaz-Díaz
    •  & Fernando Martín-Belmonte
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    Controlling the handedness of magnetic excitations in magnetic materials is crucial for magnonic applications. Ferrimagnets provide a promising route.

    • Satoshi Okamoto
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    A crystallographic brick wall design for polycrystalline dielectric ceramics now allows the application of high electric fields at minimal misfit strain, yielding supreme reliability and high energy density.

    • Jürgen Rödel
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    The generation of charge-neutral anti-Frenkel defects in a complex transition metal oxide provides a useful pathway for controlling electronic conductivity while minimizing the impact on existing functions.

    • Ji Soo Lim
    •  & Chan-Ho Yang
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    Nanoformulations of cabotegravir prodrugs have been developed to prolong the pharmacokinetics of the antiretroviral agent. They can be present in the plasma of mice and non-human primates for a year following a single injection.

    • Vicente Soriano
    • , Pablo Barreiro
    •  & Carmen de Mendoza
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    Flat sub-bands induced by moiré patterns and correlation effects are demonstrated in a twisted bilayer of the transition metal dichalcogenide WSe2 through a series of transport experiments.

    • Junwei Liu
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    The integration of silicon-based waveguides with barium titanate thin films enables the realization of efficient electro-optic switches and modulators operating at cryogenic temperatures, offering promising opportunities for quantum technologies.

    • Goran Z. Mashanovich
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    Reprogramming normal cells into tumour precursors involves complex reconditioning of the tissue microenvironment. Cumulative integration of genetic drivers with extrinsic mechanical inputs is now shown to engage YAP/TAZ to rewire cell mechanics and initiate tumorigenic reprogramming.

    • Sayan Chakraborty
    •  & Wanjin Hong
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    Creation of bioinspired ion channels that separate ions without compromising selectivity, conductivity or rectification ability has long been a challenge. Integration of metal–organic frameworks into asymmetric nanopore membranes overcomes this limitation.

    • Alexandre Legrand
    •  & Shuhei Furukawa
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    Programmable DNA building blocks hosting diverse nano-objects assemble into three-dimensional nanoparticle lattices whose geometry is determined by the shape and valence of the DNA block.

    • Veikko Linko
    •  & Mauri A. Kostiainen
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    Programmable DNA hybridization is used to mediate the self-assembly of substrate-bound DNA-grafted gold nanoparticles into single-crystalline Winterbottom and non-Winterbottom constructions with particular size, shape and orientation.

    • Chang Liu
    •  & Qian Chen
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    Organic neuromorphic devices are now able to take direct input from cellular neurotransmitter release.

    • Tobias Cramer
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    Two studies investigate the behaviour of localized interlayer excitons in van der Waals heterostructures, offering insights into their dipolar interactions and the effect of moiré trapping potentials for the design of quantum optical applications based on 2D materials.

    • Alexander Tartakovskii
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    While integrin-based adhesions are thought to underlie many aspects of cell response to localized tension, another matrix receptor, syndecan-4, has now been shown to act as a mechanosensor, which triggers cell-wide integrin activation and adhesion reinforcement.

    • Christophe Guilluy
    •  & Monika E. Dolega
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    Two independent studies describe the discovery of structurally pure cubic ice Ic made from either ice XVII or a high-pressure hydrogen hydrate.

    • Christoph G. Salzmann
    •  & Benjamin J. Murray
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    First-principles calculations predicted electronic topological properties for 2D honeycomb–kagome polymers, which have been now confirmed experimentally thanks to improvements in on-surface synthesis.

    • Yu Jing
    •  & Thomas Heine
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    New evidence now suggests that the dominant mechanism of extravasation of nanoparticles into solid tumours may be through an active process of endothelial transcytosis.

    • Irene de Lázaro
    •  & David J. Mooney
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    Two studies shed light on quantum defects in two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride, identifying an optically addressable spin centre at room temperature and offering microscopic insights into different classes of single-photon emitters.

    • M. E. Turiansky
    • , A. Alkauskas
    •  & C. G. Van de Walle
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    Finding a competitor for diamond as a good heat conductor remains challenging. Measurements on crystals of cubic boron nitride demonstrate a thermal conductivity of 1,600 W m−1 K−1 at room temperature, rivalling diamond.

    • Ashutosh Giri
    •  & Patrick E. Hopkins
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    The lifetime of plasmonic excitations in semiconducting carbon nanotubes is found to strongly depend on the carrier density, offering a platform to study non-conventional one-dimensional electron dynamics and realize integrated nanophotonic devices.

    • Leonid I. Glazman
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    Large-scale atomically thin metals can be stabilized through confinement epitaxy at graphene/SiC interface, which exhibit a gradient bonding type and are air stable, providing a compelling platform for quantum and optoelectronic technologies.

    • Claire Berger
    •  & Walt A. de Heer
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    Nanoresolved imaging and ultrafast laser excitation are integrated to probe and control a photoinduced hidden state in a strained manganite film.

    • Nan-Lin Wang
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    Mutations in lamins in skeletal muscle cells have been shown to reduce nuclear stability, increase nuclear envelope rupture, and induce DNA damage and cell death. New research shows that limiting mechanical loads can rescue myofibre function and viability.

    • Joel C. Eissenberg
    •  & Susana Gonzalo
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    Magnetite crystals form by the aggregation and subsequent merger of crystalline precursors, which can be interpreted in terms of colloidal assembly.

    • Jeffrey D. Rimer
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    A high-speed, high-gain enhancement-mode ion-gated transistor shows promise for low-power chronically implanted bioelectronic systems.

    • Scott Keene
    •  & Yoeri van de Burgt
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    A monolayer topological insulator is magnetized by proximity to a layered antiferromagnetic insulator.

    • Cui-Zu Chang
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    Skyrmions emerging from complex order offer superior stability and functionality for data processing and storage, but creating such objects is intrinsically difficult. Homochiral electric and antiferromagnetic structures at the domain walls of a room-temperature multiferroic are now observed.

    • Enrico Schierle
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    Two initially neutral conjugated semiconducting polymers are found to transfer electrons when put in contact in the solid state, leading to mutual electrical doping.

    • Bernard Kippelen