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THE SCUTOID: did scientists discover a new shape?

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Read the Nature paper for yourself:
"Scutoids are a geometrical solution to three-dimensional packing of epithelia"

Thanks to Laura and Clara for helping me with the video!

You can download Laura's model for free or order a print from Shapeways:

Laura Taalman, James Madison University

Clara Grima, University of Seville

These are the shows I was doing in Sydney:

But you can check out the Maths Inspirations shows in the UK:

And we'll be in New York on 2 October 2018:

Images of cells and stuccoed are all from "Scutoids are a geometrical solution to three-dimensional packing of epithelia".

Voronoi demonstration is from here:

Thanks to my Patreon supports who do support these videos and make them possible. Here is a random subset:

Malcolm Rowe
Rhys Johnson
Brian Lynch
Jade Bilkey
John Lewis

Support my channel and I can make more videos:

- Yes, I pronounce it SCOO-toid, SCOW-toid, SCOE-toid etc. Sorry. It's new! I actually think ES-COE-TOID is the most correct.
- Alex Sweeney noticed that when I describe a prism I say it has rectangle faced sides. But that is only true of right prisms, in general a prism has side faces which are parallelograms. When I later talk about prismatoids I realised I had to be more general and said the sides are faces with three or four edges. But I should have done that earlier.
- Let me know if you spot anything!

This video is not sponsored by Little Creatures Pale Ale or BBQ Shapes but I am totally open to suggestions.

Music by Howard Carter
Filming and editing by Matt Parker
Design by Simon Wright

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