1. A lean, mean, chain-smoking machine

Harvard researchers recently developed an instrument capable of emulating what has been, until now, a difficult environment to do research on: the human smoker’s lung. Because of the way lung cells move when being exposed to smoke, investigators have had a hard time artificially recreating the affected cells (no word if they tried using peer pressure.) But by using a ‘lung-on-a-chip,’ which contains living human lung cells, and a mechanism capable of pushing the air of up to ten cigarettes through the cells, the scientists are finally able to mimic the environment. This is also likely the first documented instance of a robot being encouraged to engage in vice, which we’re certain won’t come back to bite us in the future.