Art of a robot arm placing a gear-based mechanical metamaterial on top of a stack of these materials.

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Read about multilayer graphene superconductivity, magnetic control of fruit fly behaviour, and room temperature single molecule switching. We also feature a Review on electrotunable friction.


  • Electron microscope image of a 3D printed material

    Recent advances in electron microscopy have greatly spurred progress in the physical and life sciences. This conference will bring together researchers from physical and life sciences working on cutting-edge electron microscopy technologies, with an emphasis on identifying and addressing new challenges, promoting synergies and developing the next generation of instruments and tools.

  • A brain connected to computer wiring for data processing

    The meeting will discuss exciting advances in the design, implementation, and clinical translation of technology for interfacing with the central and peripheral nervous systems in the context of human disease and health. The aim of the conference is to bring together experts in neuroscience, materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and clinical neurology.

  • Mechanical metamaterials are rationally designed structures leading to unusual physical and mechanical properties. This field has been enabled by rapid developments in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, allowing fabrication of intricate architectures. Applications include wave propagation control, energy absorption, shape morphing as well as unusual mechanical properties.

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  • The authors present evidence for the formation of commensurate charge order in non-superconducting thin films of infinite-layer nickelates, whereas they find no charge order in a superconducting film.

    • Charles C. Tam
    • Jaewon Choi
    • Ke-Jin Zhou
  • Collective cell migration in embryonic tissues is triggered by cell softening due to a microtubule deacetylation pathway involving the mechanosensitive ion channel Piezo1.

    • Cristian L. Marchant
    • Abdul N. Malmi-Kakkada
    • Elias H. Barriga
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  • Understanding the ion intercalation and degradation mechanisms occurring during realistic battery operation is crucial to developing high-rate battery electrodes. Operando optical scattering microscopy is now used to study single-particle kinetic state-of-charge heterogeneities and cracking in high-rate Li-ion anode materials.

    • Alice J. Merryweather
    • Quentin Jacquet
    • Clare P. Grey
  • Unlike electron spins, nuclear spins in van der Waals materials remain a largely untapped quantum resource. Here we report the fast coherent control of nuclear spins and strong electron-mediated nuclear–nuclear spin coupling in hexagonal boron nitride.

    • Xingyu Gao
    • Sumukh Vaidya
    • Tongcang Li
  • The existence of fast dynamics in glass solids at low temperatures is attributed to liquid-like atoms that are inherited from high-temperature liquids and exhibit behaviour similar to that of atoms in liquid states.

    • C. Chang
    • H. P. Zhang
    • H. Y. Bai
  • French science faces an uncertain future as the new government struggles with a fractured parliament.

  • Synthetic stimuli-responsive systems have become increasingly sophisticated and elegant at the nanoscale. This Comment discusses how rationally designed molecular systems capable of dynamic motions can be deployed in macroscopically porous metal–organic frameworks and respond to various stimuli.

    • Jinqiao Dong
    • Vanessa Wee
    • Dan Zhao
  • Hui Deng, professor at the University of Michigan, talks to Nature Materials about the evolution of research in polariton physics over recent years and discusses the role of emerging materials in promoting a scenery full of challenges and possibilities.

    • Amos Martinez
  • Materials discovery and advances in synthesis are driving the fields of exciton and exciton–polariton physics, moving towards on-demand engineering of many-body quasiparticle interactions in solid-state systems.

  • Materials scientists have played a key role in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the development of vaccines and diagnostic tools to the rapid prototyping of ventilators.

  • A return to in-person and hybrid conferences is more than welcome and sure to inspire.


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