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
Nation Sep 11Live map: Track Hurricane Florence as it heads for the East Coast
Update: Sept. 13, 6:58 a.m. ET Overnight, Hurricane Florence’s winds continued to decline. However, its rain and storm surge forecasts remain unchanged. The outer bands of its tropical storm-force winds are now reaching shore. Florence’s winds dropped by 20…
Science Sep 10How Hurricane Florence could cause unprecedented damage to the Carolinas
A week ago, no one expected Hurricane Florence to roll into the Southeast, and now it may create storm surge taller than a house.
Science Sep 06Why red tide isn’t red and other myths about algae blooms
The question as to why they make toxins in the first place is one of the great mysteries of marine science.
Science Sep 03How seeing a political logo can impair your understanding of facts
Political symbols have a sneaky influence on your brain, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania.
Science Aug 24How Hurricane Lane’s torrential rain mirrors Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Lane’s rains call to mind the downpour of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas a year ago Saturday. But the hurricanes are likely to have two very different outcomes.
Science Aug 21Police militarization fails to protect officers and targets black communities, study finds
Police militarization neither reduces rates of violent crime nor changes the number of officers assaulted or killed, a new study finds. It is arguably the nation’s first systematic analysis on the use and consequences of militarized police forces.
Science Aug 15How to avoid a catastrophic ‘Hothouse Earth’
Humanity only has a handful of decades to determine the future of our planet.
Science Aug 12Skin poaching of Asian elephants, a crisis unfolding in Myanmar, could crush the species
Asian elephants are 10 times more endangered than African savanna elephant and facing a new serious threat. Poachers are taking the skin of Asian elephants in Myanmar and turning it into ruby red jewelry.
Science Aug 10WATCH: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe blasts off for 7-year mission around the sun
NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched at 3:31 a.m. ET on Sunday. Watch live here.
Science Aug 09This EPA rule may expand asbestos use, and the deadline for feedback just passed
Critics say a proposed rule would allow asbestos to make a comeback. EPA officials say it will do the opposite, filling a loophole that companies could use to manufacture asbestos. Here's what you need to know.