Active materials, such as bacteria and molecular motors, continuously create energy. These are systems that naturally operate out of thermodynamic equilibrium and hence provide a testing ground for theories of non-equilibrium statistical physics. They also have potential as micro-machines, creating mechanical work from chemical energy and suggesting the first steps towards building an artificial cell, or as swimming micro-robots carrying payloads along blood vessels or through the soil.
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