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Meet Instagram's Favorite Two-Legged Cat

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Instagram star Lil’ Bunny Sue Roux is not like other cats. Besides being Internet famous, the feline is also missing her two front legs. As her name suggests, when Roux sits on her hind legs, she looks just like a bunny.

The irresistibly cute cat was adopted from a shelter in 2014 by Jackie Deak Akey. She was born without her front legs as a result of a congenital abnormality. According to Akey, the cat has developed a special walk, not unlike a dinosaur.

In fact, that's where Lil' Bunny Sue Roux gets part of her name: Sue is the largest T. rex specimen ever found. Roux on the other hand, is a New Orleans twist on "Roo," because the cat also moves like a kangaroo. 

"When she wants to move quickly or play (her favorite move is to run after and tackle her sister Graybee) she hops with both back legs in unison like a rabbit. She can move very fast when she wants to," Akey told Meowbox. "She has a few favorite toys and picks them out of the toy box herself and flings them around with her mouth since she can’t bat them around."

Understandably, Roux has gotten a lot of attention on Instagram, racking up 50,000 fans in just a month. You can check out the rest of her pictures here

Roux may eventually need prosthetics if the hopping takes a toll on her back. But for now, bouncing around seems to suit her just fine. 

[h/t: DailyMail.co.uk]

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This High-Tech Material Can Change Shape Like an Octopus
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Octopuses can do some pretty amazing things with their skin, like “see” light, resist the pull of their own sticky suction cups, and blend in seamlessly with their surroundings. That last part now has the U.S. Army interested, as Co.Design reports. The military branch’s research office has funded the development a new type of morphing material that works like an octopus’s dynamic skin.

The skin of an octopus is covered in small, muscular bumps called papillae that allow them to change textures in a fraction of a second. Using this mechanism, octopuses can mimic coral, rocks, and even other animals. The new government-funded research—conducted by scientists at Cornell University—produced a device that works using a similar principle.

“Technologies that use stretchable materials are increasingly important, yet we are unable to control how they stretch with much more sophistication than inflating balloons,” the scientists write in their study, recently published in the journal Science. “Nature, however, demonstrates remarkable control of stretchable surfaces.”

The membrane of the stretchy, silicone material lays flat most of the time, but when it’s inflated with air, it can morph to form almost any 3D shape. So far, the technology has been used to imitate rocks and plants.

You can see the synthetic skin transform from a two-dimensional pad to 3D models of objects in the video below:

It’s easy to see how this feature could be used in military gear. A soldier’s suit made from material like this could theoretically provide custom camouflage for any environment in an instant. Like a lot of military technology, it could also be useful in civilian life down the road. Co.Design writer Jesus Diaz brings up examples like buttons that appear on a car's dashboard only when you need them, or a mixing bowl that rises from the surface of the kitchen counter while you're cooking.

Even if we can mimic the camouflage capabilities of cephalopods, though, other impressive superpowers, like controlling thousands of powerful suction cups or squeezing through spaces the size of a cherry tomato, are still the sole domain of the octopus. For now.

[h/t Co.Design]

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25 Benefits of Adopting a Rescue Dog
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According to the ASPCA, 3.3 million dogs enter shelters each year in the United States. Although that number has gone down since 2011 (from 3.9 million) there are still millions of dogs waiting in shelters for a forever home. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month; here are 25 benefits of adopting a shelter dog.

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