Editorials

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    Nature Nanotechnology will work with authors and reviewers to establish the best practises to make data available and usable by a wide scientific community.

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    Results from new artificial water channels for desalination show the importance of exploring alternative solutions to simply optimizing existing technologies.

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    We reflect on the major role played by Nano Letters in nanoscience and nanotechnology and celebrate the appointment of its new editor-in-chief.

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    The cancer nanomedicine field is heading in two directions — debating whether the clinical translation of nanomaterials should be accelerated or whether some of the long-standing drug delivery paradigms have to be challenged first.

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    The coordinating role of the National Nanotechnology Initiative will be essential for the development of research at the nanoscale in the next decades.

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    After 15 years of intensive academic research, graphene is getting ready to morph into a marketable technology.

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    The trade-off between necessary scientific communication and the associated CO2 footprint asks for a thorough reconsideration of our travelling habits, new institutional travelling policies and for alternative approaches to interaction with colleagues and peers.

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    After our call to action regarding the suitability and usefulness of a checklist for papers in the field of nanobiomedicine, we received mixed replies.

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    Scientists and engineers should embrace art as a part of their work.

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    Plastic nanoparticles raise concern because of their potential impact on the environment. However, many questions need to be answered to establish how dangerous they really are.

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    The definition and classification of nanomaterials in regulations leave too much room for interpretation.

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    Nature Nanotechnology has started publicly acknowledging reviewers of published papers.

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    The connection between properties and environmental performance of graphene-derived structures is necessary to develop materials that can improve industry standards.

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    The constantly growing needs for data storage call for new memory technologies and downscaling strategies.

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    Competitive technologies to produce electricity through the direct interaction of water with certain materials are now emerging.

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    The enticing playground of van der Waals structures offers new ways to engineer and manipulate excitons.

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    The proposal for a reporting checklist for papers published in the area of nanobiomedicine is an opportunity to rekindle a conversation that started six years ago.

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    Research on nanotechnology applied to agriculture should focus on understanding the aspects in which the small size can really make a difference.

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    Number of citations in academic papers is not always a good measure for the influence of applied research papers.

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    The 2018 Kavli Prize recognizes scientists working in the field of basic biology and reminds us of the importance of fundamental research for uncovering the technologies of the future.

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    Artificial molecular machines are scientifically satisfying structures.

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    The demonstration of room-temperature ferromagnetism in an atomically thin layer broadens the prospects for device applications of 2D van der Waals materials.

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    Colloidal quantum dots can provide important information on electrical activity in neurons despite the difficulty of in vivo experiments.

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    Applying a method commonly used in microbiology provides a new way to study the interaction of nanoparticles with environmental samples.

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    A new surface functionalization method opens the way towards high-performance organic electronic devices on flexible substrates.

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    Interdisciplinarity highlights the uniqueness of nanoscience.

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    Scalability and cost efficiency should intensify research efforts in DNA nanotechnology.

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    We introduce an advisory panel to develop content on the relationship between technology and society.

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    The pursuit of the 5-nm node continues amid increasing doubts over the long-term relevance of Moore's law.

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    Research in skin-integrated electronic technologies has the potential to produce breakthroughs in wearable health monitoring and diagnostics.

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    Outreach activities, like those related to National Nanotechnology Day, contribute to building a science culture, narrowing the gap between science and the public.

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    The publication of a white paper on nanoscience in China sets the scene for the country's future in the field.

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    Risk assessment and life-cycle assessment provide complementary information on the impact of a technology on the environment. We present diverging opinions on how to integrate the two approaches to best evaluate the environmental impact of engineered nanomaterials.

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    Last April, six teams raced molecules on a metallic surface using a scanning tunnelling microscope in the first NanoCar Race. The event brought scientific research in nanotechnology to the attention of the wider public.

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    We take a closer look at recent developments in research on various strategies to use carbon nanostructures for water desalination.

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    With the publication of a method for fast oil spill clean-up we reflect on the importance of addressing scalability from an early stage when reporting techniques aimed at improving the environment.

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    Emerging 2D-material-based inks could find applications in next-generation printed electronics.

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    In 1664, Robert Boyle wrote: “So much admirable workmanship, as God hath displayed in the Universe, was never meant for eyes that willfully close themselves.” It is scientists' duty to make a convincing effort to ensure that this admirable workmanship is there for all to see.

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    With the publication of the first Nature Nanotechnology Insight, we also introduce the concept of Analysis as an article type to our journal.

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    We reflect on some aspects of the newly updated plan of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative.

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    In 1944, Erwin Schrödinger posed the question “How can the events in space and time which take place within the spatial boundary of a living organism be accounted for by physics and chemistry?” Studying out-of-equilibrium chemical systems may take us closer to an answer.