Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Hush up and eat your seal nuggets

  • Aug 29, 2014

What happened to the Dorsets? Paleo-Eskimos hunted in isolation for millennia until driven to extinction.

  • Aug 28, 2014

Years of research suggest that the mystery man with a Polynesian-looking skull was a migratory seal hunter.

  • Aug 25, 2014

Officials in Jennings disbanded the force because of race problems and corruption. Wilson went to Ferguson.

  • Aug 23, 2014

The day the Brits burned the Capitol and the White House and Whatnot

  • Aug 23, 2014

On Aug. 24, 1814, the British started a fire — and ultimately kindled a capital’s future.

  • Aug 23, 2014

No one scheduled this crisis but Obama can’t just go back to the golf course.

  • Aug 19, 2014

Remembering the day the British came to town uninvited.

  • Aug 15, 2014

In era of “commercial” space work, Virginia’s port is taking a star turn

  • Aug 15, 2014

What would the next President Clinton do about Iraq?

  • Aug 11, 2014
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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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