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Achenblog: March 13, 2005 - March 19, 2005

My Science Adviser

Yesterday I went to the White House to talk to the president's science adviser. He's not actually in the White House proper, nor in the Old Executive Office Building next door, but in the New Executive Office Building, which...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 18, 2005; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Too Much News, Too Many Cats

Every morning at about 5 a.m. the cats start pounding around the house, scuffling, yowling, hissing, but most of all stalking me, waiting for me to wake up and feed them. In the hazy twilight of half-sleep I sense...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 17, 2005; 6:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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George Washington and the Space Age

[For what it's worth, here are some excerpts, very lightly edited, from the talk I gave yesterday at a conference on advanced concepts in spaceflight. I didn't read from the script but just winged it. In other words, these...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 16, 2005; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Women on the Op-Ed Page

Anne Applebaum's piece today is great, and I think she should have given even more of her credentials: She won the Pulitzer Prize a year ago for a book about the Gulag, a piece of journalistic heavy-lifting that defies...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 16, 2005; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Quick Note from Atlanta

I just flew into Atlanta. I'm not sure why. It's one of those things that happens to you when you grow up. You suddenly find that you're flying to Atlanta. Usually what people do is change planes in Atlanta,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 15, 2005; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Corn Gluten

Some columnists write stuff and then don't follow through. They talk the talk, don't walk the walk. But not me: The very day that my Rough Draft column on corn gluten made the paper, I put it on the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 14, 2005; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dust Bison

Spring cleaning is a noble endeavor, but one that can also be terrifying. Our homes have so many little ecosystems, and the remote ones, under the bed, in the back of closets, can become infested with dust bunnies and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 14, 2005; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Voyager Turned Off?

Among the many great achievements of humankind is the Voyager mission. Two probes were launched in 1977 to study the outer solar system, and they did so phenomenally well, giving us dazzling glimpses of the gas giants and their...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 14, 2005; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Social Security privatization: Toast?

The other day I ran into one of America's most venerated political writers and I asked about the status of Bush's Social Security plan. "Toast," he said. "Toast!" I believe him. But it's possible that privatization still has some...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 14, 2005; 6:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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