Erik Sorenson Special to The Tartan

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  • Final results in weekly nuclear awareness column

    70 percent of Carnegie Mellon students who responded to my surveys agreed that the single most serious threat to U.S. national security is nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists. The remaining students were divided, with half concluding the largest threat was a nuclear attack by a rogue state, and the other half saying it was an accidental meltdown by a U.S. nuclear reactor.

    News | December 5, 2005
  • Fourth installment of campus-wide nuclear awareness survey

    Soon after the development of nuclear weapons, the international community realized that if it did not obstruct the development of these weapons, they would inevitably fall into the wrong hands. After several failed efforts to limit nuclear proliferation, the international community finally agreed to a treaty, the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), that would strive to eliminate the threat of nuclear...

    News | November 21, 2005
  • Answers to last week

    Carnegie Mellon students seem to be familiar with U.S. history. Over half of the students responding to last week?s poll recalled correctly that the United States? justification for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was to force Japan?s surrender and save both American and Japanese soldiers? lives.

    News | November 21, 2005
  • Nuclear Awareness survey, Week 3

    As weapons technology has advanced, and inevitably spread, the principles of warfare used by governments to justify their actions have changed. Today, it is widely accepted that biological and chemical warfare have limited military uses, and most governments have pledged to abstain via international conventions from their use. However, no such conventions exist that prohibit the use of nuclear wea...

    News | November 14, 2005
  • Students split on nuclear usage

    In last week?s survey, Carnegie Mellon students were asked what circumstances justify the United States? use of nuclear force. Results show students are split down the middle: roughly half think there are appropriate uses of nuclear force, and half do not. Of the students who supported nuclear weapon use, 80 percent thought a U.S. nuclear retaliation against another nation would be an appropriate ...

    News | November 14, 2005