I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend! My mom left on Saturday to gallivant in Ireland for a work trip. “Work trip” means getting to go on city tours, see all the highlights, and get paid for it. I’d much rather write to you than work for that company again, but I gotta admit, I do miss the travel perks.
With her gone, it means I have a lot more alone time. *sigh* I love alone time. It means more time to write, read, and investigate my curiosities. Thanks to what I learned on Friday, the topic of skin has occupied my mind, and I learned a couple more fascinating discoveries about it. Ready for this?
If you missed Curious Adventure on Friday, allow me to fill you in. Researchers discovered a new two-celled organ that’s nestled between the epidermal and dermal borders of our skin. We used to think our nerves were unprotected and thus responsible for communicating pain. However, this new organ appears to protect the ends of our nerves and even help regenerate damage.
More than that, this meshy organ (not raw nerve endings) seems to be the one responsible for sensing pain—at least on a mechanical level. It then reports the information to our nerves, which transmit it to our brains.
We also talked about our skin cells. Turns out, they communicate the same way bacteria do—through a process called quorum sensing. Basically, it means the cells emit a chemical, and when there are enough of them in proximity to each other, they take action—such as launching an attack or glowing. The idea that external cells, on our skin, communicate opens a whole new box of possibilities.
Side note: After the Curious Adventure went out, I kept thinking about this last one. We know bacteria use quorum sensing, and the cells lining our intestines use it to communicate to bacteria. It’s also believed ants and bees use it too on a grander scale. So, is it possible that humans do it on an even larger scale? I mean, we emit energy, and other people can sense our “vibes.” We also voice our opinions, and when enough people on the same “wavelength” get together, action occurs. Just look at America right now. The tribal behavior and mass social action (like the “great resignation” and such) seems to be a perfect example, is it not?
Mysteries of Sensitive Skin
I don’t know why but I’ve had a chronic curiosity about the nape of our neck since forever. When we’d stand in line in grade school, I always took note of the nape of the kid’s neck in front of me. I was fascinated by it. This specific small space on the human body has occupied my mind more often than I care to admit. Why? No idea.