Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


“We believe that the world is on the verge of an efficacious Ebola vaccine,” the World Health Organization said Friday.

  • Jul 31, 2015

Killers attack for unpredictable, disparate reasons: “There’s really nowhere we’re safe.”

  • Jul 24, 2015

There’s a lot of prime real estate out there in space.

  • Jul 24, 2015

Pro tip: Avoid catching the atmosphere on fire.

  • Jul 23, 2015

One key lesson from New Horizons: If you’re very good, you don’t have to be perfect.

  • Jul 20, 2015

Sure, you could get to Steel City from D.C. in four hours. But the scenic way is as delicious as the destination.

  • Jul 16, 2015

Cold War fears of Armageddon have faded, but the Iran deal shows that nuclear weapons are still a concern.

  • Jul 15, 2015

NASA mission leaders were relieved Tuesday night after getting a stream of data from the robotic probe.

  • Jul 14, 2015

The spacecraft will perform complex maneuvers while an anxious team on Earth awaits a late Tuesday bulletin.

  • Jul 13, 2015

Dwarf planet getting bigger and bigger in our viewfinder

  • Jul 13, 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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