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 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…
Science Nov 12Why ‘mega wildfires’ are happening in November
What everyone needs to know about why these fires are spreading so quickly so late in the year, and how to protect your homes and businesses from them.
Nation Nov 08‘Camp Fire’ in California still growing, kills 5 people
On Friday, officials announced that five bodies were recovered from vehicles in Paradise, California, a town overcome and destroyed by the fire. The fire, as of now, has swelled to 70,000 acres.
Politics Nov 06Which states were hit by voting problems on Election Day?
Here’s a look at some of the reported voting problems that have frustrated voters today.
Science Oct 12DNA ancestry searches can now identify most white Americans. Here’s why that’s legally questionable
Police identified the Golden State Killer with a genetic ancestry search for his distant relatives. These two studies show how easy that could be done for anyone.
Science Oct 11Why Hurricane Michael took everyone by surprise and what to expect after it’s gone
At the moment, the reported links between Hurricane Michael and climate change are murky, at best.
Science Oct 03Trio wins Nobel Prize by using chemistry to ‘evolve’ the building blocks of life
This year’s chemistry Nobel also comes with some political controversy, as one of the winners has been accused of promoting anti-Israel views.
Science Oct 01James Allison and Tasuku Honjo, cancer immunotherapy trailblazers, take home 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine
James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize in in Medicine for a branch of medicine that calls on our immune systems to fight tumors.