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 Aug 07Why mental illness can’t predict mass shootings
More than 90 percent of violent crimes — including shootings — would likely still occur even if every suspect with a mental health condition was stopped before they carried out an attack.
Science Jul 30Could the path to a more nutritious pizza be illuminated by laser beams?
New York City has been known for its pizza for decades, but now a surprising oven innovation is attracting new attention. At Columbia University, a lab is crafting ways to improve nutrition by 3-D printing pizza to precise dietary specifications…
Science Jul 24Is FaceApp a security risk? 3 privacy concerns you should take seriously
We asked five experts with backgrounds in data security and tech law if FaceApp worries them. Their resounding answer was yes.
Science Jul 19Why a sustainable future may depend on humans returning to the moon
PBS NewsHour spoke to four researchers about what the U.S. stands to gain and lose from future crewed voyages to the moon.
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.