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 Jan 17How the shutdown might end, according to game theory
We can find some clues to how the shutdown might end in game theory, which uses math to map out how players and their strategies evolve in the real world.
Science Jan 04How your brain stops you from taking climate change seriously
...and how to fix it.
Science Dec 17How long do cold and flu viruses stay contagious on public surfaces?
These pathogens don’t actually last for days or weeks outside the body, but you should still be proactive in protecting yourself from their spread.
Science Dec 11Your gym mats may be breeding antibiotic-resistant germs
It may be time to reconsider the use of some spray sanitizers.
Science Dec 11The Arctic is experiencing its ‘most unprecedented transition in history.’ Here’s why
2018 is the second warmest year for the Arctic in a century, plus other takeaways from this year's Arctic Report Card.
Science Dec 10These 2017 weather disasters were worsened by climate change
Extreme weather in one region often begets weather disasters on a global scale, which is one theme that runs through this year's "Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective" report.
Science Dec 06Why coastal Carolina may never recover from its intensifying hurricanes
Coastal hurricanes are leaving behind toxic algal blooms, a new silent threat to water quality. It is one of three ways that these storms are changing North Carolina for good.
Science Dec 03WATCH: NASA’s Osiris-Rex reaches Bennu, in mission to bring home asteroid dust
Part pioneer and part dirt collector, Osiris-Rex will spend the next year or so looking for a spot to capture pieces of the asteroid before heading back to Earth.
Science Nov 21After hurricanes, why is it so hard to test for waterborne diseases?
Researchers are developing“disease drones” and other tools to better control bacteria outbreaks in the future.
Science Nov 20Thanks to this lab, we can better protect our homes from fire
California's recent spate of wildfires has caused devastating death and destruction. Can scientific experimentation help us minimize the scope of fire disasters? Scientists at the National Fire Research Laboratory in Gaithersburg, Maryland, are studying how materials burn and combust, in…