Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


The terrifying night of April 14, 1865, when joy turned to grief

  • Mar 30, 2015

A carefully planned conspiracy made Lincoln one of the final casualties of the Civil War.

  • Mar 27, 2015

Maureen Corrigan’s “So We Read On” tells the story about the man behind the words and his own tragic tale.

  • Mar 20, 2015

John Kovac had a rough year: Huge breakthrough on the Big Bang, then doubts, but he’s still in the game

  • Mar 17, 2015

  • Mar 11, 2015

ISIS. Ebola. Robots training for our jobs. But it’s not the end of the world! A resident optimist shares why.

  • Mar 9, 2015

In space no one wants to hear you ‘disrupt’

  • Mar 2, 2015

Researchers want to try to contact newly discovered planets. But some worry about the response.

  • Feb 28, 2015

Reading assignments for computer-history buffs

  • Feb 22, 2015

His biggest advance was theoretical — and is arguably the founding document of the digital age.

  • Feb 20, 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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