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Nuclear Dangers
June 15, 2010 Volume 40 Issue 2
Articles In This Issue
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    AuthorJohn F. Ahearne


    Effective communication is essential to informed decision making about radiological risks.

    During the cold war, school children were taught what to do in case of a nuclear attack, and some people built underground shelters to enable them to outlast the long-term effects of such an ...

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    AuthorGeorges C. Benjamin

    The medical and public health community is still in its infancy in terms of preparedness for the detonation of a nuclear device.

    The atomic age began in the 1900s and brought with it the promise of using nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes. It also brought with it the reality of ...

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    AuthorThomas S. Tenforde, David A. Schauer, Ronald E. Goans, Fred A. Mettler Jr., Terry C. Pellmar, John W. Poston Sr., and Tammy P. T

    Preparedness for responding to a radiological or nuclear attack requires dedicated resources, a sustained vision, and measurable performance requirements.

    Since September 11, 2001, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) has produced several publications related to: ...

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    AuthorBrooke Buddemeier

    Until very recently, there was no scientific consensus on measures to be taken after a nuclear detonation.

    Nuclear terrorism has been an essential part of national preparedness since the formation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS),1 but until recently little research had been done ...

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    AuthorRichard L. Garwin

    A surface detonation of a 10-kiloton nuclear bomb would be far more deadly than either of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    In this article, I discuss two types of nuclear terrorism: (1) the detonation of a nuclear weapon or improvised nuclear device (IND, also called an ...

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    AuthorSiegfried S. Hecker, Sean C. Lee, and Chaim Braun

    Although North Korea has the bomb, it has no nuclear arsenal to speak of and no nuclear-generated electricity.

    Nuclear power and nuclear weapons have a common technological foundation. In pursuit of a civilian fuel cycle—making fuel, building reactors to burn the fuel, and dealing with ...

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    AuthorBrian Radzinsky and George Perkovich

    In the long run, a non-peaceful nuclear program will neither sustain nor secure the Iranian people.

    Whether or not Iran actually builds nuclear weapons, its nuclear activities pose an acute challenge to international order. By defying International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) demands and UN ...

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    AuthorGeorge Bugliarello

    Perceptions and realities often diverge. This is certainly the case with nuclear dangers, which are virtually ignored by people in their twenties (the Y generation) and are all but suppressed in the minds of many older people, for whom a revival of the terrifying cold war threat of a nuclear ...