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Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Show me something bounding, leaping or prancing and I’ll believe in Martian life

  • Oct 2, 2015

Is #JourneytoMars realistic? Well, at least, “The Martian” is great cinema.

  • Oct 2, 2015

The giant impact of space rock could have intensified a volcanic eruption, scientists say.

  • Oct 1, 2015

Sorry to say, Martian waters don’t run deep

  • Sep 30, 2015

Looking for news in all the wrong places

  • Sep 24, 2015

Jeff Bezos and his space company Blue Origin are finally emerging into sunshine.

  • Sep 16, 2015

The oldest national park is still among the best

  • Sep 14, 2015

Spacecraft might set its sights on object named MU69 — but will NASA back this mission?

  • Sep 6, 2015

Orbital quirks of distant objects hint that something’s lurking in the dark.

  • Sep 3, 2015

It took me half a cup of coffee to write this blog item

  • Sep 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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