Magnetic micro-machines capable of swimming through liquid or gel were fabricated. The micro-machines were driven by an external rotating magnetic field and featured a screw-shaped structure and permanent magnet. The machines could swim under condition of a Reynolds number (Re) of 10-7, and were able to run through agar or a bovine tissue sample using the same principle. Their running behavior was dependent on the frequency and strength of the external field, and on the surrounding media. These machines have great potential for medical applications in the human body.
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