Scientists have discovered an entirely new geometric shape that was previously unknown to humankind. In fact, this newly-discovered form is hiding inside your body, and it is called a scutoid.
The discovery occurred while they were studying epithelial cells, the building blocks of embryos that eventually form the linings of many organs including the skin. The researchers at The University of Seville and Seville Institute of Biomedicine (IBiS) explained that the new shape is like a “twisted prism.”
A brand new shape has been discovered beneath our skin cells, and it’s called the scutoid
Knowing what to look for, the scientists then went hunting for scutoids in real tissue, finding them in the epithelial cells of fruit flies, zebrafish, and mammalian tissue. The findings suggest that the scutoid is nature’s preferred solution for creating stable, curved tissue.
It was previously thought the cells that make up this tissue would be prism-shaped or like truncated pyramids but computer modeling suggested a new shape – which was later confirmed with cell analysis.
Luisma Escudero, a biologist from the Spain’s University of Seville and author of the study, said:
“[The cells] are like pieces of Tente or Lego from which animals are made … The epithelia form structures with multiple functions, like forming a barrier against infections or absorbing nutrients … In this way, during the development of an embryo, it changes from a simple structure formed from only a handful of cells to an animal with very complex organs.”
Obviously, despite thousands of reseaarch, our body is still full of surprises.
Regarding its existence, the scutoid shape has been around for a very long time. However, since it had only been widely studied and talked about recently, it is indeed considered a new shape in a way.
NASA Spots Earth-like Aurora Crown in Newly Discovered Planet
The first of its kind, this free-floating astronomical object was originally believed to be a failed star during it’s discovery.
NASA's explorations have always been a quest for planets other than Earth that can support life. In the course of many years, the agency uncovered many of the secrets held by the universe. One of which is the discovery of a rouge planet, about 20 light years away from Earth.
The first of its kind, this free-floating astronomical object was originally believed to be a failed star during it's discovery. Recent studies revealed that it is not a star, but a planet. This discovered planet is found to be 12 times bigger than Jupiter. It features an aurora crown and a magnetic field 200 times more than that of Jupiter.
The discovery inspires research about magnetic processes for stars and planets.
The Science Behind Paper Cuts (And Why They Hurt So Bad!)
Why are paper cuts so painful? There are several reasons!
At first glace, paper may seem to be a simple, harmless object. However, the fact of the matter is that it can actually hurt you really bad.
If you've ever experienced getting paper cut, then we bet you know what we're talking about. It can happen so sudddenly and the pain can be so nasty.
It often happens unexpectedly - and it hurts too much!
5 Awesome Things That Happen When You Read Fiction, According to Science
“Getting lost in a book” is good for your mind, body, and social life, says experts.
With social media, Netflix, video games, and all forms of digital distractions around us today, we sometimes couldn't help but wonder: Do people still take the time to read books?
Personally, when was the last time you picked up and finished a book? A few days or a few weeks ago, perhaps? Several years?
Well some experts are reminding us all that reading, particularly of fictional literature, actually brings numerous benefits. If you're not reading anything at the present, this just might motivate you to drop by a nearby bookstore or library. Or at least dust off your old paperbacks!...