Nsikan Akpan

About Nsikan

Nsikan Akpan is the digital science producer for PBS NewsHour and co-creator of the NewsHour digital series ScienceScope.

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Science May 05

Computer scientists prove 80s pop music is boring

“Pop music is dead.” You’ve heard the refrain dropped by nostalgic music lovers at backyard barbecues. And it’s no surprise. Everyone thinks the tunes of their generation marked a sort of cultural pinnacle and that music has since become bland.

Science May 01

Mission to Mars may warp astronaut brains

One day, space explorers might stroll along the red rocks of Mars. But radiation exposure during the trip may wipe away their memories of home. A new report says that cosmic rays can change the physical architecture of the…

Science Apr 30

NASA Probe Ends Mercury Mission With A Bang

The planet Mercury earned a new crater when NASA’s MESSENGER probe smashed into its scorched surface earlier this afternoon. The intentional crash landing ended an 11-year mission that brought us the most intimate peeks at our solar system’s smallest…

Science Apr 29

Why the Nepal earthquake may have been inevitable

On Saturday, a portion of the thrust fault underneath central Nepal ruptured, causing an earthquake that killed at least 5,200 people, injured more than 10,000 and destroyed centuries-old temples, towers and buildings.

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