About Nsikan @MoNscience
Nsikan Akpan is the digital science producer for PBS NewsHour and co-creator of the award-winning, NewsHour digital series ScienceScope.
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 Oct 07Should you eat more red meat?
Despite new guidelines for red and processed meat, the answer is still broadly no. Here's why nutritional studies are so confusing.
Science Sep 30How to talk to your kids about climate change
Some kids are scared about global warming. A psychologist, a pediatrician and a school counselor give advice on how to talk about kids' climate anxiety.
Science Sep 26Only 2 countries are meeting their climate pledges. Here’s how the 10 worst could improve
Here’s how the top-10 polluters are succeeding and falling behind on reducing carbon emissions -- and how they can improve.
Science Sep 259 ways the Arctic and oceans are in ‘unprecedented’ trouble, according to latest IPCC report
A quarter of Earth’s permafrost is expected to thaw by 2100 even if climate goals are met, which could release up to 400 billion metric tons of carbon into the air.
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.