BBC News recently reported that scientists at the Institute for Food Research have created a nifty computer-controlled artificial stomach that can be fed real food. According to its designers, the slick research device “mimics both the physical and chemical reactions that take place during digestion—and can even vomit.”

This makes it a step up from previous models, which focused mainly on chemistry, although we don’t want to be there when some frisky lab intern hits the puke button for a lark.

Says chief designer Dr. Martin Wickham, “Our knowledge of what actually happens in the gut is still very rudimentary, but we hope that this model can help fill in some of the blanks.”

Wafer-thin mint, anyone?

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