The US government filed a motion on Monday to vacate Tuesday’s hearing against Apple. According to the memorandum, “On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking Farook’s iPhone.” The third party and what the possible methods could be involved are both mysteries.
Apple leaves sour taste as product showcase underwhelms customers
The scientists, whose work was published in the journal Optical Materials Express on Thursday, managed to create gold nanoparticles by dissolving actual gold into smaller and smaller disconnected pieces. From there, they crafted the nanoparticles into disks.
The researchers based their work on the findings of previous studies, which proved that gold nanoparticles absorb light strongly by converting photons into heat and reaching temperatures hot enough to destroy various types of cells – including cancer and bacterial cells.
In order to test the antimicrobial properties of their new nanoparticles when activated by light, they grew bacteria in a lab, including E. coli and two types of heat-resistant bacteria that thrive in even the hottest environments.
They placed the bacteria cells on the surface of a single-layer coating of the tiny disks and shone near infrared light from a laser on them. Afterwards, they used cell viability tests and SEM imaging to determine which percentage of cells survived the procedure.
Using a thermal imaging camera, the scientists found that the surface temperature of the particles reached up to 180°C (356°F) nearly immediately, resulting in “thermal shocks.” As a result, all of the bacterial cells were killed within 25 seconds.
Ukrainian riot police proved to be somewhat useless against a crowd of ultra-nationalists in the city of Lvov, as they failed to protect an LGBT gathering from harassment and did not arrest a single suspect after retreating from the confrontation with attackers.
Amid a court ban on public Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) events in the city of Lvov, minority activists decided to organize a private gathering in the Dnestr hotel, where a few dozen people arrived to take part in the so-called “Equality Festival.”
North Korea has launched short-range projectiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reports.
The missiles flew for about 200 kilometers before landing off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement as cited by Reuters.
Baltimore, Maryland residents who live in areas with a high rat population are much more likely to report sadness, anxiety and other symptoms of depression, according to a new study.
US intelligence services will reveal plans for a new £200-million center in Britain this week. The Pentagon says it will be the American headquarters for military data in Europe and Africa, targeting 50 countries.
The Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre will be at RAF Croughton near Milton Keynes, which currently houses a US Air Force base and is responsible for a third of US military communications across Europe.
Up to 1,250 staff will work there when it opens, reportedly scheduled for next year.
Currently RAF Croughton has direct links to GCHQ in Cheltenham and operates as a relay station for CIA communications and intelligence.
Two army recruits were allegedly forced to rape each other as part of an initiation ceremony in the Household Division regiment of the Welsh Guards.
The incident reportedly took place at Pirbright Barracks in Surrey and involved the men being forced to perform sexual acts on each other.
One the soldiers involved has reportedly been discharged as a result of the distress caused by the “hazing ritual.”
A source told the Sun on Sunday the “initiation” was caught on video and passed around the unit via WhatsApp and SnapChat.