Associated Press has found that Japan exposed thousands of its citizens to risk by failing to use radiation forecasts in the early days of its nuclear crisis.
The government predicted Karino Elementary School would be in the path of the plume emerging from the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. But the forecasts never reached decision-makers and the school was not cleared out. Instead, it became a temporary evacuation centre.
Parents and others gathered in the playground of the school at the height of the nuclear crisis and many ate and cooked in the open contaminated air.
It's unclear how much radiation people were exposed to or if they will suffer health problems. But the breakdown may hold lessons for other countries because similar warning systems are used around the world. This was their first test in a major crisis.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Japanese government decided to lift evacuation advisories in some areas more than 20 kilometres from the damaged nuclear plant, opening the way for tens of thousands of people to return home.
Officials said the lifting will allow about 25,000 people covered by the advisories to return home in about a month.
The enormous earthquake and tsunami demolished cooling functions at the nuclear plant, causing three reactor cores to melt and triggering fires and explosions that spread large amounts of radioactive particles outside the complex.
More than 80,000 residents fled their homes after the disaster.
Officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that operates the plant, and the government have said in recent weeks that the reactors have stabilized and the amount of radiation being released is now minimal, yet they are building protective domes over the reactors.
This sends a mixed message of the current state of reactor safety.
Just like the British Petroleum disaster that hit the Gulf of Mexico is no longer in the media, because it is no longer newsworthy. The same has happened to this story eventhough the effects will last decades.
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When it comes to promising scientific results that deserve much more investigation, is this what we should expect?
"Both the National Cancer Institute and several pharmaceutical companies declined to pay for the research. Neither applicants nor funders discuss the reasons an application is turned down. But good guesses are the general shortage of funds and the concept tried in this experiment was too novel and, thus, too risky for consideration," says the Huffington Post.
This quote is in regards to a new leukemia treatment that is surprising the researchers behind its creation. The treatment is providing results beyond their wildest expectations.
It's virtually eradicated cancerous leukemia cells in the first three patients it's been tested on.
In two of the three patients the process completely destroyed the most common type of leukemia. In the third patient, the treatment seems to have reduced the cancerous cells by 70 per cent.
"Within three weeks, the tumors had been blown away, in a way that was much more violent than we ever expected," said senior author Carl June, MD.
The breakthrough uses patients' own T cells to fight off cancer. Researchers took the T cells of the patients, ran them through a vaccine production facility, and then placed them back in to the patients' bodies following chemotherapy.
Finding a cure to cancer would mean a loss of billions of dollars being put into the economy, thousands of businesses would go broke.
Speaking of cancer, the food that companies produce cause cancer (hot dogs, aspartame etc...) Is there a conspiracy, or is this coincidence?