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In the true spirit of its collaborative founding by three Chinese universities, the National Center for Nanosciences and Technology of China this year celebrates its 10th anniversary with two special issues: one in Advanced Materials (Issue 28/2013) and one in Small (Issue 14/2013). The enormous potential of nanotechnology drives the NCNST's program to strategically enhance basic and applied research, increase creative ability, and to foster a creative system for scientific and technological progress in China.