Space & Innovation

This Is How Your Skin Holds In Bodily Fluids

Ever wondered how skin absorbs liquids but doesn't let them leak out? Scientists have found the answer using highly specialized microscopes.

The skin is the body's largest organ and it handles a lot of different duties. It keeps toxins out of our system, regulates our temperature and even converts sunlight into Vitamin D – all while hosting our tactile perception apparatus.

But surely skin's greatest trick is its ability to be a completely sealed and leak-proof vessel for everything else within the human body – solids, liquids and gases. Interestingly, the precise reason for this wasn't know to science until relatively recently. Here's a hint: It has to do with tetrakaidecahedrons. Jules Suzdaltsev has the skinny in today's DNews dispatch.

Read More:

Science Alert: Scientists have figured out why human skin doesn't leak

Imperial College London: New insights into skin cells could explain why our skin doesn't leak

Seeker: Skin Proteins Reveal How Mummies Died