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The Unnatural Habitat of John Rennie


I’m a science writer, editor and lecturer probably best known for my 15 years as editor in chief of Scientific American. More recently, you might have had seen my work aa a deputy editor of the science magazine Quanta, as the host of the TV series Hacking The Planet for The Weather Channel, and as the editorial director of McGraw-Hill Education’s online science reference AccessScience.

I like to blab about science—in print, online, on stage, in video, on podcasts, in classrooms, and on ViewMaster reels if anybody is still making those. All areas of science interest me, though I feel particular fondness for the life sciences, technology, and ethical and cultural challenges of new discoveries. I’ve been at this since the mid-1980s. This is the repository of my nonsense.

Read more about my background here, or use the site’s navigation to see samples of my work in various media, including my blogging at The Gleaming Retort for PLOS Blogs. Have a question? Let me know with the site’s contact form. Or follow me on Twitter at @tvjrennie—John Rennie

Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature, and in such things as these, experiment is the best test of such consistency.
— Michael Faraday, physicist, in his journal (1849)

Banner image: Speaking about hurricanes and weather control on stage at the 2014 Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. (Credit: Life Is Beautiful)