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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. Currently, as deputy editor of Quanta Magazine, I shape its coverage of biology and other fields. You might even be familiar with me 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, although I might be most passionate about the life sciences, technology, and the 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 at the 2014 Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. (Credit: Life Is Beautiful)