Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


The agreement addresses claims arising from the 2010 devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Jul 3, 2015

Throwing the aging process a curve ball.

  • Jun 29, 2015

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket was the third catastrophe for a resupply mission since October.

  • Jun 28, 2015

On a historic flyby, the New Horizons spacecraft will come within a mere 7,800 miles of the dwarf planet.

  • Jun 20, 2015

The findings on the 8,500-year-old remains could have legal ramifications in a dispute between scientists and Native American groups.

  • Jun 18, 2015

Airline travel isn’t romantic anymore, especially when your roller bag won’t roll

  • Jun 16, 2015

Stop guilt-tripping me about “Missed Call” just for starters.

  • Jun 5, 2015

What candidates say matters -- regardless of what the polls say

  • Jun 1, 2015

A closer look at the remarkable way that plants run on solar energy.

  • May 28, 2015

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

  • May 22, 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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