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    Crystallized anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to inhibit fibrosis on the surface of a number of devices over a long-term period following implantation in rodents and non-human primates.

    • Ruud A. Bank
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    With their ability to give rise to many different cell types, stem cells have long been a target of scientists who seek to achieve control over their differentiation. New evidence suggests that stem cells influence their own fates through protein deposition and physical remodelling of their microenvironment.

    • Eric L. Qiao
    • , Sanjay Kumar
    •  & David V. Schaffer
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    Violating the Aufbau principle is shown to be a successful strategy to improve the stability of neutral organic radicals used in organic light-emitting diodes.

    • Sebastian Reineke
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    Thousands of electron diffraction patterns, collected stepwise by scanning transmission electron microscopy, are synchronized and mined to provide unprecedented maps of the nanostructure of ordered domains in organic electronics films.

    • Gitti L. Frey
    •  & Yaron Kauffmann
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    Granular aluminium — a superconductor with high kinetic inductance — has been used to create a superinductor for a fluxonium superconducting qubit.

    • Joel I-Jan Wang
    •  & William D. Oliver
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    A chemically and thermally stable metal–organic framework achieves exceptional separation of styrene from a complex mixture containing larger (ethylbenzene) and smaller (toluene and benzene) molecules.

    • Simon M. Vornholt
    •  & Russell E. Morris
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    Two-dimensional cobalt oxide and cobalt nickel oxide sheets, with thicknesses around one nanometre, can form spontaneously from the transformation of three-dimensional nanocrystals in a solution-phase synthesis.

    • Kristen Fichthorn
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    Highly stable and active Pt–Sn sub-nanometre clusters are located in sinusoidal zeolite channels, leading to improved and more stable propane dehydrogenation catalysts.

    • Bert M. Weckhuysen
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    The chiral magnetic exchange interaction, or Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interaction, is found to propagate through dozens of atomic layers and also to be present in inhomogeneous amorphous alloys. These discoveries extend the parameter space available for realizing magnetic structures with chiral character.

    • Bartel Van Waeyenberge
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    Measuring the 1s–2p splitting of direct and indirect excitons in van der Waals heterostructures allows their binding energy and dynamics to be determined.

    • Steven T. Cundiff
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    An intermediate affinity state of integrin αIIBβ3 has been identified to be a key player in platelet mechanosignalling.

    • X. Frank Zhang
    •  & Xuanhong Cheng
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    Controlled Pt loading on TiO2 nanoparticles enables single-site catalysts. With this, the coordination environment and catalytic activity can be obtained, allowing extraction of structure-function information.

    • E. Charles H. Sykes
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    A comprehensive chemical space of potential inorganic ternary metal nitrides has been explored by computational methods as a guideline for their experimental synthesis and discovery.

    • Ralf Riedel
    •  & Zhaoju Yu
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    Quantitative atomic-scale images of electric potentials at surfaces have now been obtained with a non-contact atomic force microscope by functionalizing the tip as a quantum dot sensor.

    • Mats Persson
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    The polarity of charge carriers — positive or negative — is found to depend on the direction from which you look.

    • Brian Skinner
    •  & Justin C. W. Song
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    Over-expression of a transcriptional factor, Alx3, has been shown to revitalize the regenerative capacity of adult progenitor cells to promote enhanced stromal vascularization and formation of parenchymal dental pulp tissue in vivo.

    • Sarah E. Millar
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    An oxygen-free method of growing transition metal selenides leads to atomically thin films with unprecedented robustness against the most hostile conditions.

    • Miguel M. Ugeda
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    By chemically treating wood it is possible to fabricate a nanofluidic device for generating electricity from the harvesting of ubiquitous low-grade heat.

    • Rama Venkatasubramanian
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    A tender X-ray momentum-resolved spectroscopy for probing elementary excitations in 4d quantum materials is reported and used to measure dispersive spin excitations in a ruthenate microcrystal.

    • Wei-Sheng Lee
    •  & Brian Moritz
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    A magnetic-field-dependent spectroscopy study on single perovskite nanocrystals reveals the spectral signatures of an exciton dark state below the bright triplet states.

    • Andries Meijerink
    •  & Freddy T. Rabouw
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    Using electric field gating, researchers demonstrate switching from a single- to a multi-condensate superconducting state at an oxide-based interface, and show that this transition leads to an overall weakening of the superconductivity.

    • H. Hilgenkamp
    •  & A. E. M. Smink
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    Coherent shaping of matter waves in temporal and spatial domains by photon-induced near fields opens up new possibilities for the quantum control of matter.

    • Jun Yuan
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    By measuring the photocurrent from illuminated Weyl semimetals, an optical signature of topological properties arising from Weyl fermions has been revealed, highlighting nonlinear optical effects and applications of Weyl semimetals.

    • Hongming Weng
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    Organic donor–acceptor heterojunctions can show efficient electroluminescence and at the same time generate charges under photovoltaic operation.

    • Wolfgang Brütting
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    Potassium–air batteries, which suffer from oxygen cathode and potassium metal anode degradation, can be cycled thousands of times when an organic anode replaces the metal.

    • Yann K. Petit
    •  & Stefan A. Freunberger
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    Impulsive Raman spectroscopy reveals how atoms are pushed into action by light absorption. The surprising sensitivity of this behaviour to the polaronic character of 2D perovskites opens up new avenues for tailored light–matter interactions.

    • Christoph Schnedermann
    • , Akshay Rao
    •  & Philipp Kukura
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    A two-step method has been developed for the accelerated and efficient generation of human kidney organoids using in vitro and in ovo culture in a three-dimensional environment.

    • Susana M. Chuva de Sousa Lopes
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    Strong spin–electric coupling related to modulation of magnetic coupling has now been observed in polar spin chains. This is a first step towards switching quantum bit interactions by localized electric fields.

    • Joris van Slageren
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    Irradiating a PbTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattice with ultrafast UV light pulses modifies elastic and electrostatic interactions, resulting in the formation of a stable complex 3D supercrystal.

    • J. M. Gregg
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    Neural probes that mimic the subcellular structural features and mechanical properties of neurons assimilate across several structures of the brain to provide chronically stable neural recordings in a mouse model.

    • Jeffrey R. Capadona
    • , Andrew J. Shoffstall
    •  & Joseph J. Pancrazio
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    Multiferroic quantum criticality — associated with the merging of two distinct quantum critical points — is explored, with implications for fundamental physics and low-temperature applications.

    • Premala Chandra
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    Microparticle debris from prosthetic implants has been shown to induce a type 2 inflammatory response through a Bruton’s tyrosine kinase-dependent signalling pathway.

    • Dimitri A. de Kouchkovsky
    • , Sourav Ghosh
    •  & Carla V. Rothlin
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    A DNA nanodevice performs pathfinding search and computes the solution of two-dimensional DNA origami puzzles.

    • Georg Seelig
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    A hybrid state of photons and electronic excitations in semiconductor quantum wells shows nonlinear behaviour at the level of single or few quanta, thus opening the door to the realization of photonic nonlinear quantum devices employing semiconductor technologies.

    • Dario Gerace
    • , Fabrice Laussy
    •  & Daniele Sanvitto
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    A photonic crystal design, consisting of two separated lattices arranged in a specific way, forms the base of high-brightness semiconductor lasers, with a very narrow beam divergence angle.

    • L. Kuipers
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    A vaccine platform developed from a synthetic polymeric glyco-adjuvant and reversibly conjugated to an antigen was shown to target dendritic cells leading to cellular and humoral immune response against malaria.

    • Yvette van Kooyk
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    A single dopant molecule can exchange more than one charge with the hosting polymer semiconductor, doubling the maximum doping efficiency achievable.

    • Björn Lüssem
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    Despite an enormous number of nanopores that could, in principle, be formed in atomically thin materials, advanced modelling reveals that in typical experiments rather limited ensembles of most likely nanopores should be observed.

    • Petr Král
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    Use of graphene in a transistor configuration offers an alternative to metal electrodes for the recording of ultraslow neural potentials that occur in neurologic diseases.

    • Jed A. Hartings
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    Higher-order topological acoustic metamaterials on kagome lattices, which host topologically protected corner states, can confine sound at corners. This may lead to applications of acoustic metamaterials in local acoustic field enhancement, trapping and manipulating of particles, and acoustic sensing and probing.

    • Zhengyou Liu
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    Electro-optic modulators based on epitaxial barium titanate integrated on silicon can reach speeds up to 50 Gbit s–1.

    • Mo Li
    •  & Hong X. Tang
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    Hydrogen from surface-based electrolysis is implicated in the operation of high-speed magneto-ionic devices. Functionalizing this discovery, a new family of potentially high-speed, high-efficiency ionic devices is born.

    • Dustin A. Gilbert
    •  & Alexander J. Grutter