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 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.
World Aug 08A new lust for elephant skin jewelry could decimate Myanmar’s giants
The poaching of African elephants, where they are murdered for their ivory tusks, is well-documented. But halfway around world in Myanmar, their cousins are 10 times more endangered and facing a new serious threat. Poachers are taking the skin of…
Nation Aug 02What Trump’s plan to roll back fuel-economy standards means for your wallet and the environment
And a look at how we got to this point.
Science Jul 27Here’s proof that open office layouts don’t work, and how to fix them
A new study shows moving to an open office dramatically cuts face-to-face conversations, but architects say not all open offices should be treated equal.
Science Jun 21Why a U.S. ‘Space Force’ is ‘premature’ but ‘inevitable’
What would a space force look like? Why now? Will NASA play a role? Three experts, including a retired Air Force Lieutenant General, explain the rationale behind President Trump's announcement.
Science Jun 18Laze, vog and other volcano vocabulary inspired by Kilauea
Kilauea's eruptions have exposed the guts of our planet in ways previously unseen, and along the way, inspired a number of volcanology terms.
Science Jun 04What made Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano eruption so deadly?
Guatemala's 12,000-foot Volcano of Fire has erupted on and off since 2002. Despite active monitoring, Sunday's eruption caught residents by surprise. Here's why.
Science May 31Smartphone tracking data reveals that the 2016 election season spoiled Thanksgiving
Americans gave up 74 million hours of Thanksgiving in 2016 due to fears of political strife, according to a study published Thursday in Science Magazine.
Science May 24Blue flames, toxic gas clouds. How does Kilauea’s latest eruption compare to its past disasters?
Kilauea is the most lethal volcano in American history, but this reputation comes mostly from a single event.
Science May 22WATCH LIVE: Explosive eruption at Kilauea volcano, as lava threatens geothermal plant
Early Tuesday morning, local news outlets reported another explosive eruption at the Kilauea summit, the fourth to strike the 4,000-foot-high cauldron in three days.