Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Miami calm after huge Cuba news: So far this has been a case of the dog that did not bark in the night.

  • Dec 18, 2014

Pondering the Lazarus-like belief that Mars has life

  • Dec 17, 2014

APPRECIATION | He was an old-school photographer who knew you had to get close to your subjects — and then get closer still.

  • Dec 12, 2014

A meteorite is long believed to have caused extinction, but new research suggests lava may share the blame.

  • Dec 11, 2014

Thanks to the digital revolution, we have thousands of friends, but good ones show up.

  • Dec 11, 2014

Orion is all dressed up and ready to go -- somewhere

  • Dec 3, 2014

A slightly bitter aftertaste at Café du Monde.

  • Dec 2, 2014

Only 40 percent of Ebola patients isolated in Sierra Leone, and 23 percent in Liberia, new report says.

  • Nov 26, 2014

A night of must-watch, feel-bad TV

  • Nov 25, 2014

Rush Holt, a plasma physicist and retiring 8-term lawmaker, will take the top post at the science organization.

  • Nov 18, 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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