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    Space missions require materials that can function under extreme conditions. In this Focus issue, we highlight the efforts of the European Space Agency to design and test appropriate materials for space exploration, while taking a look at the properties needed for the ambitious Breakthrough Starshot initiative.

    Image: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Wisconsin
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    Stem cells are well on their way into the clinic and can be used in a variety of applications, such as disease modelling, drug screening and for regenerative medicine. This collection showcases research articles, reviews and protocols from across the Nature journals to highlight the striking advances made in basic and translational stem cell research.

    Image: Miguel Quiros and Asma Nusrat
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    In this Focus issue, we highlight recent advances in cancer treatment utilizing cells and materials to develop immunotherapeutics and vaccines, as well as synthetic immune tissues for interrogating immune function.

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    In this Focus issue, we overview recent developments in fundamental and applied research on metal halide perovskite materials, and host a discussion on the open questions regarding the mechanisms leading to the unique behaviour of these materials.

    Image: Quinten A. Akkerman and Muhammad Imran
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    In this Focus issue, researchers from Sorbonne Université in Paris and the British Museum in London discuss the contribution of material scientists in understanding the techniques and materials used by painters, sculptors and other artists, and in developing effective strategies to preserve our heritage.

    Image: Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alamy Stock Photo
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    This focus issue brings together recent developments in mechanobiology with comments and research that highlight fundamental processes such as integrin-mediated cell adhesion in response to mechanical loads and also how biophysical cues can regulate stemness, matrix deposition and disease progression.

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  • Insight |

    This joint Nature Physics and Nature Materials Insight explores the physics of quantum materials, their synthesis and design, the control over their properties, and the functionality that emerges from these properties. Produced with the support of the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and the Simons Foundation.

    Image: Hsieh lab
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    To ensure the sustainable development of our planet, we need to consider the implications of the materials we use on the ecosystem and society. This Focus discusses strategies to assess the life-cycle environmental impact of materials and make the production of key commodities more sustainable.

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  • Focus |

    Molecular spintronics may allow the development of nanoscale devices with improved performance or new functionalities. This Focus issue highlights its interdisciplinary nature at the intersection of organic spintronics, molecular magnetism and molecular quantum technologies.

  • Focus |

    Membrane materials offer many practical advantages for purification and separation applications. In this Focus issue we highlight the most promising new membrane materials that offer competitive performance capabilities, and discuss how to transfer such materials and processes to industry.

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    Transition metal dichalcogenides and Xenes have been recently added to the family of 2D materials. This Focus issue highlights the intriguing fundamental properties that these 2D materials and their combination in van der Waals heterostructures exhibit, as well as potential applications.

  • Insight |

    Energy demand from developed and developing countries continues to grow, together with concerns on the detrimental effects that an energy economy based on fossil fuels has on the environment. This Insight discusses the latest advances in materials science that may boost the transition to more sustainable energy systems.

    Image: Tulsi Voralia, based on a concept by Paloma Liu