Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


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

AAAS 2015: More science than you could possibly consume.

  • Feb 17, 2015

At big science convention, an unconventional discussion of “active SETI.“

  • Feb 12, 2015

Our emotions and instincts sometimes overpower the facts.

  • Feb 12, 2015

Geoengineering would apply technology to save Earth, but scientists and activists are split.

  • Feb 9, 2015

Looking for geoengineers and other experts

  • Feb 6, 2015

Money for space taxi, Webb telescope, Europa mission

  • Feb 2, 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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