There’s going to be scratch-and-sniff postage stamps this summer

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On June 20, the U.S. Postal Service will roll out Frozen Treats, the first ever scratch-and-sniff stamps. Artist Margaret Berg of Santa Monica, California created the watercolored illustrations of ice pops featured on these special First-Class Mail Forever postage stamps.

The stamps feature illustrations of frosty, colorful, icy pops on a stick. Today, Americans love cool, refreshing ice pops on a hot summer day. The tasty, sweet confections come in a variety of shapes and flavors.
Ice pops are made by large manufacturers, home cooks and artisanal shops. In recent years, frozen treats containing fresh fruit such as kiwi, watermelon, blueberries, oranges and strawberries have become more common. In addition, flavors such as chocolate, root beer and cola are also popular. Some frozen treats even have two sticks, making them perfect for sharing.

The stamps are available for pre-order now.

How Wim Hof, “The Iceman,” withstands such extreme temperatures

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Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof is known for chilly feats like the world’s longest ice bath and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in just a pair of shorts. (Hof is the subject of the recent New York Times bestseller “What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength” by Scott Carney.) Now, researchers from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine recently used an MRI scanner to explore the science behind Hof’s dangerous stunts. From Smithsonian:

Hof attributes his success to what he has dubbed the Wim Hof Method, a type of conditioning that involves a series of breathing exercises he says anyone can replicate. Rather than by luck or accident, Hof says he learned his technique by trial and error while going out into nature: “I had to find the interconnection of my brain together with my physiology….”

Musik found that, when exposed to cold, Hof activates a part of the brain that releases opioids and cannabinoids into the body. These components can inhibit the signals responsible for telling your body you are feeling pain or cold, and trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin. The result, Musik says, is a kind of euphoric effect on the body that lasts for several minutes.

“Your brain has the power to modify your pain perception,” he says, adding that this mechanism is particularly important for human survival. Pain, and the feeling of cold, are basically your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Since humans instinctively look to remove the source of pain or alleviate any sensation of cold, feeling hurt can help us survive.

Brain over body”–A study on the willful regulation of autonomic function during cold exposure(NeuroImage)

Peter Egan talks about his 1976 BMW R90 S and some other bike

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Without question the 1976 BMW R90s is the high watermark of motorcycle design and engineering. I absolutely love mine. Listening to Peter Egan, a legendary motorcycle journalist, talk about his and some other bike he compares it to, is a lot of fun.

If Egan had a Daytona Orange model no one would have noticed the other bike. Daytona Orange is not only faster, it handles better.

Free pulp sci-fi, mystery, crime and fantasy magazines? Yes please!

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I love low-rent pulp magazines from the 1920s right through to the early 1980s. Trashy, flashy and a constant pleasure to read, I used to own a ton of the things in varying conditions. If I saw it and it was still in a condition where I could read it, I’d fork over folding money for the privilege of inhaling the smell of rotting, low quality paper and the sweet sense of abuse one can enjoy at the mercy of ham-handed prose. Unfortunately, I had to unload my collection a few years back: there was just no room for it in the nomadic lifestyle that my wife and I are currently living—paying for a storage space to keep stuff I just don’t need is an entanglement that I’m not OK with.

Thankfully, the good people at Open Culture discovered that a cache of over 11,000 pulp magazines has been digitized and posted online where pulp geeks like me can access them for the low, low price of free.

The Pulp Magazine Archive contains treasures printed on low-quality paper that have publication dates ranging from the late 1800s through to the 1950s. Each magazine in the Archive can be viewed online using the website or downloaded in a number of formats to be read offline, including options for use with tablets, Kindle and Kobo e-readers.

I don’t know about you, but my downtime for the next few years is spoken for.

Image via The Pulp Magazine Archive

What is the JVM? Introducing the Java virtual machine

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The Java virtual machine is a program whose purpose is to execute other programs. It’s a simple idea that also stands as one of our greatest examples of coding kung fu. The JVM upset the status quo for its time, and continues to support programming innovation today.

Use and definitions for the JVM

The JVM has two primary functions: to allow Java programs to run on any device or operating system (known as the “Write once, run anywhere” principle), and to manage and optimize program memory. When Java was released in 1995, all computer programs were written to a specific operating system, and program memory was managed by the software developer. So the JVM was a revelation.

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Robert Hall and the Solid-State Laser

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The debt we all owe must be paid someday, and for inventor Robert N. Hall, that debt came due in 2016 at the ripe age of 96. Robert Hall’s passing went all but unnoticed by everyone but his family and a few close colleagues at General Electric’s Schenectady, New York research lab, where Hall spent his remarkable career.

That someone who lives for 96% of a century would outlive most of the people he had ever known is not surprising, but what’s more surprising is that more notice of his life and legacy wasn’t taken. Without his efforts, so many …read more

Google Maps for iOS brings in an old Waze feature to customize your navigation icon

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Google Maps is rolling out a small, but cute update that lets users change the boring old blue arrow navigation icon on the map to one of three blocky, pixelated cars that can represent your vehicle instead, as spotted by SlashGear.

It’s not exactly a new feature in the world of GPS — Waze (which Google owns) has offered it for a while. And personally, I’m not sure the cars are actually more useful than the simple, directional arrow (which makes it much clearer which direction you’re going.) But if you’ve been jealously looking at Waze users with their cool icons, now you too can have the option.

Accessing the new icons is simple: just punch in directions on Maps and tap the blue arrow icon to bring up the new car options, which gives…

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YouTube’s streaming music service has begun to roll out

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Google’s new YouTube Music streaming service arrives today for some users, available either for free with ads, $9.99 per month without, or $11.99 per month for YouTube Premium (previously YouTube Red), which includes original video content. Anyone who already has a Google Play Music subscription gets YouTube Music as part of that membership.

YouTube Music is Google’s most straightforward answer to Spotify to date, and comes with both a redesigned app and new desktop player, both designed specifically around playing music. Google argues that using YouTube for music needs has an advantage as it incorporates not just official versions of songs, but remixes, live versions, and covers. There’s also the promise that Google’s AI will make…

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Fascinated woodpecker pecks all around a Tesla Model 3 while the nervous owner tells it to stop

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This curious woodpecker is captivated by a Tesla Model 3, which is parked at a campsite in Yosemite. The bird checks out the entire car, pecking at the metal and glass as it moves from the passenger side to the front of the car and then on to the driver’s side.

You can hear an amused yet nervous man’s voice in the background: “What are you doing to my car? You better not crack my glass. Nope..Hey! What are you doing?!” In the end, the woodpecker decides a tree is more interesting.

Couple suing overgrown 30-year-old son for not moving out of their house

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A couple in Syracuse, New York have a 30-year-old son, Michael Rotondo, who is an unwanted guest in their house. He doesn’t pay rent or any house expenses, he doesn’t help out with the house chores, and he won’t respond to five written requests from his parents to please move the fuck out already. They’ve even offered to help him out as he gets his new start, but he won’t budge. So, at their wits’ end, the parents are suing the boy.

And it sounds like the millennial isn’t just stubborn, he’s a snot about it too.

According to Mashable, he responded to the parents’ reasons for suing (not doing chores or paying rent) with: “Under this legal reasoning, my parents probably should have sued me when I was a kid.”

They will all go to court later this month, about seven weeks before Mikey’s 31st birthday.

Image: Martin Taras. – DVD “Super Clásicos Infantiles”., Public Domain, Link

JavaScript Enterprise Container: From Java to Node.js

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This article introduces the “JavaScript Enterprise Container” (JEC) project for both Java and JavaScript developers. It will show a flexible development environment for building enterprise applications and microservices over Node.js.

About JEC

JEC is an easy-to-use open source project that executes JavaScript code server-side to deploy web applications, such as microservices, RESTful APIs, CDN platforms, etc.

1Password for Mac gets its first paid upgrade in five years

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1Password for Mac is getting its first paid upgrade in five years with today’s release of 1Password 7, via MacRumors.

The updated version of the app offers a newly designed sidebar, meant to make it easier to find your passwords and move them between different groups. There’s also the option to pop out specific passwords in hovering windows for fields like iTunes that 1Password can’t automatically populate on its own, which is a handy new feature. Additionally, the Safari extension is now built directly into the app, so it’s one less thing to manage. 1Password also now integrates with the Have I Been Pwned? database to help figure out if your passwords have been compromised.

Oh, and there’s a new custom font called…

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