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    As Nature Materials turns 20 we look back at how material science and the scientific publishing landscape have evolved, and ask experts to provide their views on how to address grand societal challenges.

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    Advances in synthetic biology and biomaterials design are enabling the creation of living materials with tailored functionalities.

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    Ferrimagnets and topological insulators offer new platforms for utilizing the spin of electrons in functional materials.

    Image: Realmicro (Yoobin Chun)
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    Research have provided soft materials with advanced functionalities such as sensing, stimuli response and locomotion.

    Image: Contributor: Yuichiro Chino / Getty Images.
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    Many technological processes involve the emission of compounds that can cause medical or environmental harm.

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    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.

    Image: Steven Louie | Sarah E. Biehn & Steffen Lindert, Nature Communications (2021) | Zhijun Ning, Nature (2015) | Wenshan Cai Uday K. Chettiar, Alexander V. Kildishev & Vladimir M. Shalaev, Nature Photonics (2007) | jvphoto / Alamy Stock Photo.
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    Multicellular constructs such as organoids and embryoids have been widely utilized as model systems to understand development, physiology and pathology.

    Image: Jessica M. Vanslambrouck and Ker Sin Tan
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    2D materials are a promising platform for realizing tunable quantum states.

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    This collection of primary research articles, reviews and protocols focuses on an emerging topic of mechanobiology, highlighting the broad involvement of mechanical forces in different biological contexts, their roles in development, physiology and disease, and how these forces are sensed and transduced to produce biologically-relevant responses. The collection also showcases new technical approaches to modulate mechanobiology, which in the future could be used to control cell fate and behaviour for therapeutic benefits.

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    The use and development of sophisticated computing capabilities to analyse and solve real-world, challenging problems has undoubtedly revolutionized the way researchers do science.

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    The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their pioneering work in gene-editing.

    Image: Springer Nature/The Nobel Foundation/Imagesource