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In recent years, there has been growing concern about the impact of science on populations living outside of urban areas. While it is clear that having research institutions located in cities provides numerous scientific and economic benefits, this supplement aims to highlight the ways in which research can also have a positive impact on rural communities.

One example of this is the use of rooftop solar panels in Chinese villages. This innovative technology has been shown to help alleviate poverty and improve access to electricity for people living in rural areas. Similarly, research-backed interventions have been developed to improve the health of rural immigrant and Indigenous populations in the United States.

These projects demonstrate the potential for science to bring meaningful change and benefit to communities that may not be located in urban areas. By showcasing these examples, this supplement hopes to reduce any resentment that may have grown between people living in cities and elsewhere.

The financial support of the Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission and Administrative Commission of Zhongguancun Science Park has made this supplement possible. As always, Nature retains sole responsibility for all editorial content.

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