MRS Advances Editor’s Choice for Free Access

MRS Advances is community driven, basing our special issue topics on feedback from the community that participates in the Materials Research Society meetings. We look to Society members to propose topics that matter to their materials field and apply a spotlight on a particular aspect of materials research that is tied to a community of scholars who publish, present, and share their results with one another.


How to increase litter size in rabbits?

The animal article of the month for March is ‘Correlated responses on litter size traits and survival traits after two-stage selection for ovulation rate and litter size in rabbits’ Litter size is the most important economic trait in prolific species and the only selection criteria for maternal rabbit commercial lines.…


Thank the oceans for softening the blow of climate change

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. It’s an almighty catastrophe that will only become worse with time. We’ll be seeing more powerful storms, increasingly devastating wildfires, longer droughts and recurring floods, to name but a few of the impacts of climate change that are quickly becoming commonplace globally.…


First country-wide distribution survey of the Endangered Asian elephant: towards better elephant conservation and management in Sri Lanka

Asian elephants are a paradox in many ways. They are an Endangered species whose global population is less than one tenth of that of African elephants.…


Call for Papers: Early Career Scholars in Materials Science 2020

Journal of Materials Research (JMR) publishes an Annual Issue that is devoted to early career scholars in Materials Science. The Issue invites full length research and review articles by materials researchers, who have completed their Ph.D but not yet achieved full professorship, or senior scientist, at the time of submission.  It also provides a unique opportunity to be highlighted and promoted early in one’s research career and in order to increase attention to these papers, the issue is fully open access.


Laser-fabricated crystals in glass are ferroelectric, could power next-generation communication systems

A team of researchers from Lehigh University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lebanon Valley College and Corning Inc. has demonstrated, for the first time, that crystals manufactured by lasers within a glass matrix maintain full ferroelectric functionality.


Meet the editors! A Q&A with the series editors of Cambridge Elements in Flexible and Large-Area Electronics: Professor Luigi Occhipinti and Professor Ravinder Dahiya.

1. What do you think is distinctive about Cambridge Elements in Flexible and Large-Area Electronics? A distinctive feature of our Cambridge Elements series is that it allows both experts, as well as newcomers in the field to have access to exhaustive, self-contained and up-to-date information about topics that are highly relevant to the growing field of flexible and large-area electronics. …


Herbicide-resistant Kochia: what we know – and don’t know – about this troublesome weed

The broadleaf weed kochia is a real and growing threat to major cropping systems and soil conservation practices across the Great Plains.…


Remembering Sir Michael Atiyah and Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Cambridge is saddened by the passing of two remarkable mathematicians in recent weeks, Sir Michael Atiyah and Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer. Both men made an indelible mark in the subject, with Atiyah receiving the Fields Medal in 1966, and Swinnerton-Dyer postulating the Birch Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture.…


Improving the motivation and job satisfaction of wildlife park rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Working as a park ranger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is no easy task. The salary is low, the work is dangerous and physically demanding, and their efforts can sometimes see rangers being rejected by their own communities.…


Q&A with the new Editor-in-Chief of Genetics Research, Marc Tischkowitz

What do you think is distinctive about Genetics Research? It is one of the oldest genetics journals, having been founded only a few years after the discovery of DNA and some very famous geneticists have published in it.…


Experimental Methods for Warm Dense Matter Research

With the dawn of new high-power laser and accelerator facilities, modern physics was able to reach extreme states of matter normally found only in the universe or deep inside the core of our planet.…