Scutoids

Scutoids


So you may have heard of… bees. Yes, bees are pretty great at making hexagons,
as seen in this honeycomb that I regret picking up because now I can’t touch anything with
my stickyfingers but anyway bees make not just hexagons but 3d hexagon pockets with
depth, full of bee candy, so maybe they’re like hexagonal prisms, although not exactly
cuz the bottoms of the candypockets aren’t flat but kind of faceted, you can see the
facets real well in this beeswax candle that just has the bottoms of the cells, But that’s not the point, the point is that
hexagonal cells fit together really good to make a flat sheet, and it’s not just bees
that use hexagons see here’s a wasp nest and besides the hexagon thing wasp nests are
totally different, they’re made out of paper not wax, they don’t store wasp candy, they
don’t even store food in here they’re just wasp pockets for more wasps, anyway,
you might start to wonder what other things are made out of hexagons, like what about
our cells? What shape are the cells in your own hand? Usually when people talk about cells they
draw this flat diagram that’s all roundy, but of course in real life cells are 3d, wait
are eggs a cell? Well let’s just use it as the nucleus of
a bigger cell, and then there’s other kinds of cell bits in there so let’s stuff those
in, and while some cells might be roundy and floating around in your blood stream or whatever
some kinds of cells are snuggled up next to each other with no space inbetween so they
get all squished into really shapey shapes, even if they began life wanting to be round. It’s kind of like monkey bread. You can start with these round cells floating
in butterstuff, lots and lots of butterstuff to properly simulate the mathematics of course,
and once the cells puff up and all connect to each other then they get less roundy and
more faceted like a cell with shapes. Hmm… now that I think of it there’s a
lot of mathematics in monkey bread, more on that another time. Or maybe cells are like a bubble foam. Individual bubbles are all roundy like a free
floating cell, but once you stick a bunch together they get all this shape stuff going
on. Anyway if you’ve ever played with beeswax
you might notice that a sheet of hexagons is pretty good at rolling up, or bending one
way or another, but it doesn’t like to be roundy. And animals have lots of roundy bits, and
anti-roundy bits, and most animals aren’t made by bees, and roundy shapes just don’t
like to be all hexagons all the time, like a soccerball has 20 hexagons but 12 pentagons
too. so long story short some scientists and mathematicians
were wondering what different shapes a sheet of cells might be made out of and they did
math to it and discovered that cells can sometimes be like a hexagonal prism, and they can sometimes
be pentagonal prisms or other kinds of prisms, or pyramid-like prisms called frustums, but
another kind of shape came up, one that didn’t have a name. This shape has one polygon on one end, in
this case a hexagon, and a different one on the other end, such as a pentagon, and to
get from one to the other it has this little triangle. And you know how I feel about triangles. And they named it the Scutoid. And yes, they scoot. scoot scoot scoot. This shape is so new to the world of human
language that I had to get in touch with one of the authors of the paper, Clara Grima,
to ask whether scutoids had to be hexagons to pentagons, and it turns out scutoids come
in many forms, but point is that scutoids are alive not just in your body but as a new
subject of research being done by living mathematicians and computational biologists right now. Scutoids are a brand new 2018 shape and winner
of the 2018 Shape Awards, yaay scutoid, you won a new award we just made up right now,
but anyway next time I’ll show you how to make your own scutoids, well, technically
you’re making scutoids all over your body all the time but you know what I mean ok bye!

100 thoughts on “Scutoids

  1. Vi, I know that as a math and geometry enthusiast, you must have a keen apprehension of reason and beauty. These virtues within you are the parts of God that are already growing within you. If you pray while contemplating the things you love, you will experience the voice of God, and you will find that he is a friend and a teacher.

  2. When I saw this video, I immediately thought of you. You could math this into madness. https://youtu.be/VpHTPnrYLzQ

  3. I'd make a joke about how the earth is really scutoid-shaped, but then I'd get roasted by both the flat-earther idiots and the scientific community

  4. I realize you published this in late December, so technically it was still 2018, but I heard about these back in the beginning of August when Matt Parker made a video about them. Sure, the research is still pretty new, and that's exciting, but they're hardly "brand new".

  5. Kula getting on one knee yes no Moana guess not want to get out in the rain no no no no no no no. Blue taleh not getting an attorney yes no more I guess it's not what I want in the rain no no no no no no I guess it's not what I want in the rain no no I guess it's not what I want in the rain no I guess it's not what I want I want no rain I guess it's not iPhone I want no rain I guess it's an iPhone I want no rain I guess it's an iPhone I want no rest yeah I'm walking like I own it cuz I really Own It la la la la la la I speak English Coco Coco Coco Coco Coco Coco Camp no feeling this way and I don't need nobody else no no

  6. if scutoids scoot, can u give em a snoot?
    can u make the scoot a plane and make the snoot droop?
    if the scoot a plane instead of take off it go shoot?
    if so… the scoot shoot and the scoot snoot droop and land with a scoot.
    s c o o t

  7. You should make a hexaflexatoid where it is a hexagon, but if you fold it into itself, it becomes a pentagon 🙂

  8. Dude I dropped my phone while watching this and freaked out because this video is interactive 🤦🏾‍♀️

  9. I have UC. Understandable that you just wouldn't want to deliberately communicate something upsetting about that and would post either way. Probably not to be mean.

  10. I dont know if u keep your face not revealed but i managed to find it in the edge of view and feel like hacker

  11. So I hadn’t watched a vihart video probably since high school, which is about five years, and I get to thinking “what’s she up to?” VR. She’s up to VR.

  12. You're being cruel. I don't really understand it like it's a silent cruelty I get from other people sometimes. It's difficult to express anything back because it's subtle enough.

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