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Meet Quincy: Colorado's Cutest Paperboy

by Catherine Garcia

For the last 11 years, Paul Goldan's neighbors in Boulder, Colorado, haven't had to go far to get their morning newspaper.

Every day, Goldan and his golden retriever, Quincy, make the neighborhood rounds, with Quincy going from house to house, fetching the newspaper at the end of the driveway and trotting it up to the front porch, so the receiver doesn't have to walk too far. Goldan told KUSA his wife came up with the idea, figuring that Quincy "can chase a ball, why not go out and get the paper?" They do this every day, no matter the weather—in fact, Quincy loves digging for newspapers buried in the snow.

Quincy is the second Goldan dog to deliver papers, and after every successful delivery, he's rewarded with a treat. Goldan said when he's sick and unable to take Quincy on his route, the neighbors call to check in and make sure Quincy—not Goldan—is okay. Goldan said he doesn't mind playing second fiddle to his dog, and while it was fun to train Quincy, "more important for me, it's just nice to give to your neighbors."

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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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