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Oregon Farm Offers Yoga Classes With Goats

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Some yoga studios burn incense or play ambient music to help their participants reach a peaceful state of mind. One yoga class in the Pacific Northwest is doing things a little differently: Sessions include live goats roaming around the premises, The Oregonian reports.

Goat Yoga is held on No Regrets Farm owned by Lainey Morse in Albany, Oregon. The idea originated when yoga instructor Heather Ballenger Davis approached Morse about teaching a class on her property. The farm’s six goats crashed the event, and from that point on, Goat Yoga was a smash success.

Hosting a yoga class with goats in attendance does present some challenges (the goats have been known to get comfortable on the yoga mats), but the therapeutic presence of the animals seems to outweigh any inconveniences. People travel from all over the country just to downward dog alongside Morse’s goats. According to Travel + Leisure, Goat Yoga has become so popular that class slots are booked solid until spring of next year. If you’re not picky about which four-legged friends you do your sun salutations next to, yoga classes with cats and dogs are also options in different parts of the country.

[h/t The Oregonian]

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25 Shelter Dogs Who Made It Big
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If you’ve been thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your brood and are deciding whether a shelter dog is right for you, consider this: Some of history’s most amazing pooches—from four-legged movie stars to heroic rescue dogs—were found in animal shelters. In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, here are 25 shelter dogs who made it big.

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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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