About Nsikan @MoNscience
Nsikan Akpan is the digital science producer for PBS NewsHour and co-creator of the award-winning, NewsHour digital series ScienceScope.
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 served on the board of the National Association of Science Writers from 2016 to 2019.
Nsikan’s Recent Stories
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.
Science Apr 15Are some people wired to fall for placebos?
Some people are born believers. Fake surgeries have been shown to relieve traumatic knee pain; “dummy pills” have wiped away migraines. A new report from Harvard University describes how certain genes predispose people toward believing placebos, or experiencing…