Articles
  • [Periodical Article]

    Radiological Terrorism: First Responders and Communicating Risk

      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 ... Read More

    Author: John F. Ahearne

    Nuclear Dangers

    Release date: Summer 2010

    Volume: 40

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Medical Preparedness and Response to Nuclear Terrorism

    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 ... Read More

    Author: Georges C. Benjamin

    Nuclear Dangers

    Release date: Summer 2010

    Volume: 40

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Health Aspects of a Nuclear or Radiological Attack

    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 ... Read More

    Author: Thomas S. Tenforde, David A. Schauer, Ronald E. Goans, Fred A. Mettler Jr., Terry C. Pellmar, John W. Poston Sr., and Tammy P. T

    Nuclear Dangers

    Release date: Summer 2010

    Volume: 40

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Reducing the Consequences of a Nuclear Detonation: Recent Research

    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 ... Read More

    Author: Brooke Buddemeier

    Nuclear Dangers

    Release date: Summer 2010

    Volume: 40

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    A Nuclear Explosion in a City or an Attack on a Nuclear Reactor

    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 ... Read More

    Author: Richard L. Garwin

    Nuclear Dangers

    Release date: Summer 2010

    Volume: 40

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    North Korea's Choice: Bombs over Electricity

    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 ... Read More

    Author: Siegfried S. Hecker, Sean C. Lee, and Chaim Braun

    Nuclear Dangers

    Release date: Summer 2010

    Volume: 40

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Iran's Nuclear Program: Status, Risks, and Consequences

    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 ... Read More

    Author: Brian Radzinsky and George Perkovich

    Nuclear Dangers

    Release date: Summer 2010

    Volume: 40

    Number: 2

  • [Periodical Article]

    Nuclear Dangers Editorial

    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 ... Read More

    Author: George Bugliarello

    Nuclear Dangers

    Release date: Summer 2010

    Volume: 40

    Number: 2