It never fails. As soon as something new is disvovered, the Discovery Institute is certain to claim that it’s evidence for their “theory” of intelligent design. It doesn’t matter that they didn’t discover it and didn’t predict it. In their world, everything fits in with their “theory.”
The discovery in this case is reported by PhysOrg. Their headline is Study reveals new geometric shape used by nature to pack cells efficiently. They say, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
As an embryo develops, tissues bend into complex three-dimensional shapes that lead to organs. Epithelial cells are the building blocks of this process forming, for example, the outer layer of skin. They also line the blood vessels and organs of all animals. These cells pack together tightly. To accommodate the curving that occurs during embryonic development, it has been assumed that epithelial cells adopt either columnar or bottle-like shapes. However, a group of scientists dug deeper into this phenomenon and discovered a new geometric shape in the process.
They uncovered that, during tissue bending, epithelial cells adopt a previously undescribed shape that enables the cells to minimize energy use and maximize packing stability. The team’s results will be published in Nature Communications in a paper called “Scutoids are a geometrical solution to three-dimensional packing of epithelia”.
The group has named the new shape the “scutoid,” for its resemblance to the scutellum — the posterior part of an insect thorax or midsection.
Here’s a link to that paper: Scutoids are a geometrical solution to three-dimensional packing of epithelia. You can read it online without a subscription. Amazingly, Wikipedia already has an article on it, simply titled Scutoid.
Okay, that’s plenty for you to read if you’re interested, but what we really want to tell you about is that the Discoveroids are already all over this thing. They just posted Previously Unknown “Scutoid” Shape, Critical to Biology, Calls Architecture and Design to Mind, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A previously unknown shape, the scutoid, turns out to be crucial to the origin of life beyond the unicellular. It also seems to call forth analogies to architecture and design that may leave Darwinists feeling uneasy.
Are you feeling uneasy, dear reader? If so, it may get worse as we go on. Klinghoffer then gives a big quote from The New Yorker, of all places. We’ll skip that. Then he quotes USA Today. We haven’t verified his quote, but he claims they tell us: “The researchers named the shape after a similar design in the thorax of some beetles.” Leaping upon that, Klinghoffer exclaims — with his bold font:
What!? A similar “design”? The “design in the thorax”? BGR [whatever they are] echoes: “It was named after a beetle’s back which appears to share the same design.”
Isn’t this great? Then he quotes Popular Mechanics, again with his bold font:
“Much of our bodies are covered in epithelial cells, which are cells designed to stick very closely together in order to form some type of barrier or wall.”
Wowie — everyone says design! Klinghoffer continues:
These sources should be more careful with their word choice. Someone could get the wrong idea.
Someone already did!
The rest of his article is a picture of a building in Seattle with an architectural design that looks somewhat like a scutoid. Trust your Curmudgeon, it’s not worth clicking over there to see it.
So there you are. Klinghoffer has given us a fine example of the First Law of The Ten Laws of Creationism, which we quote here for convenience: 1. The Law of Evidence: Everything is Designed; therefore everything is evidence of ID. No evidence supports evolution.
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