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 or PGP Fingerprint: 06D0 E6A5 AC19 3074 13B0 9F87 A332 744F E4D1 95DF.
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 Jul 12Is CBD legal? Here’s what you need to know, according to science
If you buy or sell CBD, you could be breaking the law. These science lessons can explain why.
Science Jul 062 earthquakes in 2 days: Is California closer to the ‘Big One?’
No, according to geologists.
Science Jun 27WATCH: NASA charts course to Saturn’s moon Titan with ‘Dragonfly’ mission
The American space agency plans to announce details of the new expedition from its headquarters on Thursday.
Science Jun 25Smartphones aren’t making millennials grow horns. Here’s how to spot a bad study
The “millennials are growing horns” study is flawed, and its journal has launched an internal review. Can you spot the study's six major problems?…
Science Jun 20To fight the next major pandemic, flu hunters turn to these animals
It takes 600,000 chicken eggs a day to supply the seasonal flu vaccine. That's just one of many ways that animals help fight the next pandemic.
Science Jun 18How bad is the measles comeback? Here’s 70 years of data
PBS NewsHour breaks down the U.S. fall and rise of the measles in 3 charts.
Science Jun 17The key to better childhood vaccines might be in our DNA
A new study reminds us of how much vaccine effectiveness hinges on one thing: our personal genetics.
Science Jun 11A ‘dead zone’ the size of Massachusetts could hit the Gulf this summer
Here is what a "dead zone" the size of Massachusetts could mean for the Gulf of Mexico and seafood prices.
Health May 03What the new religious exemptions law means for your health care
Advocates for reproductive and LGBTQ rights are questioning whether the administration’s rule is constitutional, and worry it will lead to women and LGBTQ people being denied health care.
Science Apr 27There’s a measles outbreak. Do you need another shot?
If you had measles as a child, do you need another shot? What if you can’t remember if you were vaccinated? Your measles questions answered.