Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Landlubber takes to the water and lives to tell the tale.

  • May 22, 2015

Forget the technopanic: A paralyzed man has used brain waves to bring a beer to his lips.

  • May 22, 2015

All I need is a pickup truck, a shovel, a tool belt and a completely different legal identity

  • May 13, 2015

A self-published story of a stranded astronaut became a rocketship to riches.

  • May 5, 2015

The frustrating science of “seismic hazards” on an unpredictable planet

  • Apr 28, 2015

“It was clearly a disaster in the making,” one scientist said of a geologically unstable region that has long been known for “a Himalayan-scale problem with Third World resources.”

  • Apr 25, 2015

For the first time, researchers have completely diagrammed the plumbing of the park’s volcanic system, which, in a big eruption, would eject 1,000 times as much material as Mount St. Helens.

  • Apr 23, 2015

Long in the tooth, the Hubble is doing great science for now. Its fate depends on old hardware and gravity.

  • Apr 21, 2015

The Deepwater Horizon tragedy prefigures disasters to come

  • Apr 20, 2015

In Hubble’s eye, a dynamic cosmos.

  • Apr 16, 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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