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 May 20NOAA Report: Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused biggest dolphin die-off in Gulf’s history
A new NOAA study provides a verdict on how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster led to a flourish of dolphin deaths along the Gulf coast.
Science May 19The secret to New York City bagels isn’t (just) in the water
A new video blog from the American Chemical Society explains the secret to great NYC bagels.
Science May 18This genetically modified yeast can now brew morphine
Biologists have created strains of yeast that can brew morphine from sugar, opening the door for cheaper medicine but also easy-to-make illicit drugs.
Science May 12Smithsonian’s mystery of the black-crowned night herons solved by satellites
Think your freeloading kid is bad? Black-crowned night herons have crashed at the Smithsonian National Zoo each summer for over a century.
Science May 08Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes his first trip into space
Before arriving at the Russian Space Station Mir, astronaut Chris Hadfield lived through the quiet thrill of waiting for the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters to ignite and spew close to 8 million pounds of thrust.
Science May 05Computer scientists prove 80s pop music is boring
“Pop music is dead.” You’ve heard the refrain dropped by nostalgic music lovers at backyard barbecues. And it’s no surprise. Everyone thinks the tunes of their generation marked a sort of cultural pinnacle and that music has since become bland.
Science May 01Mission to Mars may warp astronaut brains
One day, space explorers might stroll along the red rocks of Mars. But radiation exposure during the trip may wipe away their memories of home. A new report says that cosmic rays can change the physical architecture of the…
Science May 01It’s not easy to sever a human spine. Here’s why
After his arrest, Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury in the back of a police van. Neurosurgeons explain how such an injury might occur.
Science Apr 30NASA Probe Ends Mercury Mission With A Bang
The planet Mercury earned a new crater when NASA’s MESSENGER probe smashed into its scorched surface earlier this afternoon. The intentional crash landing ended an 11-year mission that brought us the most intimate peeks at our solar system’s smallest…
Science Apr 29Why the Nepal earthquake may have been inevitable
On Saturday, a portion of the thrust fault underneath central Nepal ruptured, causing an earthquake that killed at least 5,200 people, injured more than 10,000 and destroyed centuries-old temples, towers and buildings.