Tuesday, 31 July 2018


quote [ But by using computational modeling, the group of scientists found that epithelial cells can take a new shape, previously unrecognized by mathematics, when they have to pack together tightly to form the bending parts of organs. The scientists named the shape "scutoid" after a triangle-shaped part of a beetle's thorax called the scutellum. The scutoid itself looks like a bent prism with five slightly slanted sides and one corner cut off. The results of the study surprised the researchers. "One does not normally have the opportunity to name a new shape," study co-senior author Javier Buceta said in the statement. ]


Original paper in Nature Communications: "Scutoids are a geometrical solution to three-dimensional packing of epithelia".

The most shocking geometric discovery since the revelation of the 15th Tessellating Pentagon.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+7 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@1:44amGMT]


steele said @ 1:48am GMT on 31st Jul [Score:1 Funny]
ethanos said @ 4:18pm GMT on 31st Jul
they got to name a new shape and they chose what?
mechanical contrivance said @ 4:46pm GMT on 31st Jul [Score:1 Informative]
The scutoid.
HoZay said @ 9:40pm GMT on 31st Jul [Score:1 Original]
Shapey McShapeface.
5th Earth said @ 2:55pm GMT on 1st Aug
Read the first parts of the actual paper, and was pleasantly surprised to see that I know just enough math and biology to understand what they discovered, which is actually pretty cool and interesting. The description in the article doesn't really do it justice.
5th Earth said @ 10:25am GMT on 3rd Aug
In case anyone is still interested, Matt Parker has made a good video explaining what scutoids are, why they are important, and the real reason they got their name.


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