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.
Nsikan was elected to the board of the National Association of Science Writers in September 2016. 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’s Recent Stories
Science Apr 19Who is Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s new administrator?
Congressman. Museum owner. Climate change denier. These are some of the words used to describe Jim Bridenstine, who was confirmed Thursday as the 13th NASA administrator.
Science Apr 18Analysis: Robots have achieved what humans never will — assembling an IKEA chair in less than 21 minutes
An autonomous robot can now assemble an IKEA chair without a manual in less than 21 minutes, which is an odd but significant milestone in artificial intelligence and robotics.
Science Apr 11The science of using your expectations to relieve pain
Traditional healing is used around the world, from acupuncture to laying of hands to yoga. How do these alternative remedies work to heal the body and the brain? As part of our series ScienceScope and in cooperation with the Pulitzer…
Science Apr 04Can solar energy speed Puerto Rico’s recovery? Here’s what it would take
It’s been just over six months since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico and roughly 150,000 people still do not have power. A string of grassroots efforts aims to jumpstart the grid with solar energy. Science producer Nsikan Akpan explains…
Nation Apr 025 important stories that got lost in last week’s news
These days, it’s hard to stop news from Washington, D.C., from flooding your news feed. We take a moment every week to bring you important stories beyond the White House and the Capitol. Here’s what we’re reading now.
Science Mar 30What to do if this Chinese space station crashes into your house this weekend
Though chances of a human collision are low, here's what to do if the Tiangong-1 lands near you -- and how you'd sue for damages.
Science Mar 22Great Pacific Garbage Patch weighs more than 43,000 cars and is much larger than we thought
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch weighs 87,000 tons -- 16 times more than previous estimates -- and contains more than 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, according to a new analysis.
Science Mar 20Puerto Rico went dark 6 months ago. Could a solar smart grid prevent the next energy disaster?
Making renewables a mainstay in Puerto Rico will require more than solar panels and wind turbines. There's also a monopoly and Congress with which to contend.
Science Mar 14Stephen Hawking, explorer of the universe, dead at 76
Stephen Hawking, one of the world's most recognizable scientists, died early Wednesday morning. He was 76.
Science Mar 14Tired of extremely cold nor’easters? Arctic warming could be to blame
A new study shows a strong relationship between Arctic warming and the most extreme winter weather in the eastern United States, dating back to 1990.