Food-Sourced Melatonin Provides Natural Way to Help Sleep

Studies on melatonin have documented that the body’s own melatonin production helps us fall asleep, yet research on supplemental melatonin has been disappointing. What many have missed is that certain foods provide natural forms of melatonin, which have been shown to raise melatonin blood levels naturally and significantly aid sleep.


An abundance of research has linked higher melatonin levels with the ability to fall asleep. Yet this research has been done on the body’s own melatonin production. Melatonin production is stimulated by the pineal gland as the sun sets and the lights dim during the later evening. This helps us fall asleep, as melatonin helps slow down cellular metabolism.


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Samsung Smart TV: Basically a Linux Box Running Vulnerable Web Apps

Smart television sets aren’t short on cool features. Users can connect to Facebook and Twitter from the same screen that they’re using to watch Real Housewives of New Jersey, or log into Skype and use a built in- or external webcam to have a video chat.


Unfortunately, the more TVs start to look like computers, the more they are becoming subject to the same underlying code vulnerabilities that have caused headaches and heartache in the PC space.

That was the message of two researchers at the Black Hat Briefings security conference Thursday, who warned that one such product, Samsung’s SmartTV, was rife with vulnerabilities that could leave the devices vulnerable to remote attacks.

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Google adds 79 open-source patents to lawsuit-free pledge

Google dramatically expanded the number of open-source patents it is making freely available to anyone, without fear of legal repercussion.


The Web giant announced the addition of 79 patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge, which aims to foster development of open-source software by pledging not to sue any user, distributor, or developer of open-source software based on their use of the patents — unless first attacked.


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gNewSense 3.0 “Parkes” stable


The stable release of gNewSense 3.0 is a fact. With the help of GNU Linux-libre and various other people helping to check and hack on freedom issues, we’ve been able to produce a new major version that aligns with the Free Software Foundation’s freedom guidelines as well as Debian’s quality standards.

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Food Irradiation Supports Agribusiness, Harms Health

Agribusiness is polluting and destroying the food on which we depend . Irradiation destroys nutrients and creates poisons. Despite claims, it’s largely hidden from us. It exists for the benefit of Agribiz, not for our health.


Food irradiation exists only because Agribusiness exists. It isn’t to support your health. As we’ve seen recently with outbreaks of food-borne disease, modern food production is innately unhealthy. It utilizes monoculture, long term storage, and chemicals.

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FreeBSD 9.2-RC1 now available


The first release candidate builds of the 9.2-RELEASE release cycle are now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures.

Changes between -BETA2 and -RC1 include:

  • Expand the list of devices claimed by cxgbe(4).
  • Fix a panic in the racct code when munlock(2) is called with  incorrect values.
  • Remove ctl(4) from GENERIC.  ctladm(8) now automatically loads the corresponding module as necessary.  This reduces the default memory footprint and allows FreeBSD to work on i386 machines with 128 MB of RAM out of the box.
  • Fix zfs send -D hang after processing requiring a CTRL+C to interrupt.

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