Thailand’s acting Prime Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan said holding an election scheduled for July 20 is the only way to resolve the nation’s political deadlock, and reforms should be implemented by a new government.
Thai security officials said they will arrest protest leaders seeking to install an appointed prime minister as rising tensions threaten to spark fresh clashes between supporters and opponents of the government.
Retina Institute Japan K.K., which is employing Nobel Prize-winning stem-cell technology to treat eye diseases, plans to sell a stake in itself to a group of Japanese companies next month ahead of a possible initial public offering in five years.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the containment chambers of damaged reactors at its Fukushima nuclear plant were likely breached, identifying additional source of radiation leaks that may exceed Chernobyl.
John B. Gurdon transferred DNA between a tadpole and a frog to clone the first animal. Shinya Yamanaka used Gurdon’s concept to turn ordinary skin into potent stem cells. Both won the Nobel Prize for medicine today.
Sentaro Takahashi, a professor at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute , said an announcement by Japan’s nuclear safety agency that 130,000 tera becquerels of iodine 131 has been released from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant since the March 11 earthquake was within estimates and “shouldn’t cause panic.” The disclosure came as the agency today raised the incident level of the nuclear accident to 7 from 5, on par with Chernobyl.