Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


When it comes to hurricanes, sometimes it’s the bathymetry, stupid.

  • Aug 31, 2015

The “hard” scientists don’t want to be lumped in with squishy ones.

  • Aug 28, 2015

ESSAY | Shooting is the latest case where evil is leveraged by social media for maximum effect.

  • Aug 26, 2015

Giant panda, Mei Xiang, gave birth to two cubs at the National Zoo. Pandas are way out on the “altricial” end of the spectrum.

  • Aug 25, 2015

Parenting doesn’t stop at Freshman Week.

  • Aug 24, 2015

Can you put technology back in a box?

  • Aug 21, 2015

Why summer is the best season.

  • Aug 21, 2015

Human super predators running amok.

  • Aug 20, 2015

The rowdy electorate won’t follow Establishment commands.

  • Aug 12, 2015

But first, let me tell you how I did.

  • Aug 3, 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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