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  • Ferroelectricity was experimentally discovered one hundred years ago, spurring research on its fundamental properties and potential applications.

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  • We are updating our editorial policies to further encourage authors to make their data publicly accessible. Publishing Extended Data figures and source data online will also ensure that data are given a more prominent role.

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  • Taking ‘upon request’ out of data availability statements in papers.

    • Natasha Noy
    • Aleksandr Noy
    Why it Matters
  • The awarding of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries was long overdue for a technology that is already providing a vital component of the energy economy.

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  • Cold fusion may have a bad reputation, but the materials system in which it was allegedly achieved has plenty still to recommend it.

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  • As the negotiation deadline approaches, the impact of Brexit on research in the United Kingdom is already being felt.

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  • Creativity in science seems to have evolved over the centuries from mainly a solitary effort to a more collaborative one.

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  • Pierluigi Barrotta shares with Nature Materials his views on the relationship between science and society.

    • Maria Maragkou
    Q&A
  • Donata Iandolo and Gonçalo Silva on the need for an open discussion on mental health in academia.

    • Donata Iandolo
    • Gonçalo Silva
    Why it Matters
  • We are launching a new column to talk about science with our readers from a broader perspective. Our first topic is mental health in academia.

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  • Synergy between materials and methods is helping to address open questions in magnetism and superconductivity.

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  • 2D materials face challenges along the road to commercialization, with increasing efforts being made in order to satisfy industrial needs.

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  • Electronic and photonic devices based on graphene have unique properties, leading to outstanding performance figures of merit. Mastering the integration of this unconventional material into an established semiconductor fabrication line represents a critical step towards commercialization.

    • Daniel Neumaier
    • Stephan Pindl
    • Max C. Lemme
    Comment
  • The past few years have witnessed significant development in graphene research, yet a number of challenges remain for its commercialization and industrialization. This Comment discusses relevant issues for industrial-scale graphene synthesis, one of the critical aspects for the future graphene industry.

    • Li Lin
    • Hailin Peng
    • Zhongfan Liu
    Comment
  • Oxides of non-magnetic cations exhibit elusive signs of weak temperature-independent ferromagnetism. The effect is associated with surface defects, but it defies conventional explanation. Possible hypotheses are a spin-split defect impurity band, or giant orbital paramagnetism related to zero-point vacuum fluctuations.

    • J. M. D. Coey
    Comment
  • Highly quantitative, robust, single-cell analyses can help to unravel disease heterogeneity and lead to clinical insights, particularly for complex and chronic diseases. Advances in computer vision and machine learning can empower label-free cell-based diagnostics to capture subtle disease states.

    • Minh Doan
    • Anne E. Carpenter
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  • Machine learning is swiftly infiltrating many areas within the healthcare industry, from diagnosis and prognosis to drug development and epidemiology, with significant potential to transform the medical landscape.

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