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 Jun 05Inside the $105 million lab that wants to wipe out MERS and Ebola
How did one patient in South Korea instigate the largest MERS outbreak to-date outside of the Middle East?…
Science Jun 02‘No more raw bananas!’ Study finds chimps would actually prefer flambé
Chimpanzees possess some of the mental skills needed for cooking.
Science Jun 02Video: First 3-D bird fossil of South America discovered in Brazil
Paleontologists have stumbled upon a bird fossil in Brazil that is so well preserved its long tail feathers have possibly retained their original color and spots.
Science Jun 01These female sawfish prove they don’t need a male to procreate
The first observation of a free-living vertebrate animal that switched from sexual to asexual breeding and produced viable offspring in the wild.
Science May 29Video: Bugs wage chemical warfare with butts and guts
The bombardier beetle is just one of many bugs that moonlights as a chemical warfare wizard.
Science May 28Science Magazine officially retracts study on gay equality canvassing
Science Magazine retracts article that a 20-minute conversation could sway opinions on same-sex marriage…
Science May 28Video: Human ancestor ‘Lucy’ may have had a neighbor, new fossils suggest
Archaeologists uncover a new species of hominid near where and when human ancestor Lucy lived.
Science May 27Watch: Which U.S. cities face the heaviest downpours?
Guess which U.S. city was hit hardest by heavy rainfall over the last half century.
Science May 27Scientists trace cancer-causing chemical in drinking water back to methadone
Methadone reacts chemically with a disinfectant used at a third of U.S. wastewater treatment plants to create a carcinogen.
Science May 22How to stop a bamboo invasion and other surprising facts about roots
The PBS NewsHour science team takes a field trip to the U.S. Botanic Garden to learn about roots.