Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Huge breakthrough in cosmology turns out to be a case of scientists overinterpreting their data

  • Jan 30, 2015

Cosmic inflation still a great idea but we need the evidence.

  • Jan 30, 2015

Waiting for the day my computer doesn’t chastise me for using the word “irreproducibility”

  • Jan 30, 2015

Centuries after the invention of the scientific method, researchers are recalibrating their requirements.

  • Jan 27, 2015

Genetic engineering, the environment, and life’s knack for finding a way

  • Jan 27, 2015

Life is kind of weird and scary -- even without the Frankenstein stuff.

  • Jan 27, 2015

The secret: microbes need synthetic food; if they escaped into the wild they’d starve.

  • Jan 21, 2015

Imagining the future, with cautious optimism

  • Jan 20, 2015

A paper contends that we have already crossed four “planetary boundaries,” including carbon dioxide levels and the extinction rate.

  • Jan 15, 2015

  • Jan 15, 2015
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Joel Achenbach writes on science and politics for the Post's national desk. He has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1990, started the newsroom’s first online column, "Rough Draft," in 1999, and started’s first blog, Achenblog, in 2005.

He has been a regular contributor to National Geographic since 1998, writing on such topics as dinosaurs, particle physics, earthquakes, extraterrestrial life, megafauna extinction and the electrical grid. A 1982 graduate of Princeton University, he has taught journalism at Princeton and Georgetown University.

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