About Nsikan @MoNscience
Nsikan Akpan is the digital science producer for PBS NewsHour and co-creator of the award-winning, NewsHour digital series ScienceScope. For secure communication, he can be reached via Signal (240) 516-8357.
He holds a doctorate in pathobiology (Columbia University) and is an alum of the science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Nsikan served on the board of the National Association of Science Writers from 2016 to 2019.
Nsikan’s Recent Stories
Science Sep 18Science journal walks back claim that smartphones make millennials grow horns
The publisher issued a major correction to a study claiming smartphones make millennials grow horns. But here's why this move won't kill the myth.
Science Sep 12This clean energy invention runs on nothing but cold, night air
A new thermoelectric generator could bring light to one billion people who live without power...if market forces will let it.
Science Sep 05The hotter the planet grows, the less children are learning
Every 1-degree-Fahrenheit increase in average temperature reduces student learning by 1 percent, a study finds.
Science Aug 29There is no ‘gay gene.’ There is no ‘straight gene.’ Sexuality is just complex, study confirms
A genetics study of nearly half a million people closes the door on a long-standing debate in sexuality.
Science Aug 22‘Old Town Road’ defied a 20-year trend in hit music. Math explains why
A new study shows the average lifetime in the charts for singles and albums has dropped dramatically since the 1990s. How did "Old Town Road" buck this trend?…
Science Aug 16Does the placenta carry germs? What parents should know before they eat one
What started as an innocent look into the trend of people consuming placentas uncovered a heated academic debate over whether the placenta has a microbiome.
Science Aug 07Why mental illness can’t predict mass shootings
More than 90 percent of violent crimes — including shootings — would likely still occur even if every suspect with a mental health condition was stopped before they carried out an attack.
Science Jul 30Could the path to a more nutritious pizza be illuminated by laser beams?
New York City has been known for its pizza for decades, but now a surprising oven innovation is attracting new attention. At Columbia University, a lab is crafting ways to improve nutrition by 3-D printing pizza to precise dietary specifications…
Science Jul 24Is FaceApp a security risk? 3 privacy concerns you should take seriously
We asked five experts with backgrounds in data security and tech law if FaceApp worries them. Their resounding answer was yes.
Science Jul 19Why a sustainable future may depend on humans returning to the moon
PBS NewsHour spoke to four researchers about what the U.S. stands to gain and lose from future crewed voyages to the moon.