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 Jun 17The key to better childhood vaccines might be in our DNA
A new study reminds us of how much vaccine effectiveness hinges on one thing: our personal genetics.
Science Jun 11A ‘dead zone’ the size of Massachusetts could hit the Gulf this summer
Here is what a "dead zone" the size of Massachusetts could mean for the Gulf of Mexico and seafood prices.
Health May 03What the new religious exemptions law means for your health care
Advocates for reproductive and LGBTQ rights are questioning whether the administration’s rule is constitutional, and worry it will lead to women and LGBTQ people being denied health care.
Science Apr 27There’s a measles outbreak. Do you need another shot?
If you had measles as a child, do you need another shot? What if you can’t remember if you were vaccinated? Your measles questions answered.
Science Apr 17Coverage of mass killings is bad for mental health — yet makes people seek more
Consuming media coverage of mass killings, whether via news or social media, creates a self-perpetuating cycle of mental distress, according to a new study.
Science Apr 10Here is the first photo of a black hole
On Wednesday, the Event Horizon Telescope released the first-ever image of a black hole, a historic moment shared by scientists spread around the world.
Science Apr 09WATCH: What does a black hole look like? Scientists reveal the first picture
The Event Horizon Telescope is expected to release the first image of a black hole on Wednesday. In preparation for what might be a momentous day, here’s what you need to know.
Science Apr 06Paul Rudd and the science behind youthful skin
Why isn't Paul Rudd aging? For his 50th birthday, PBS NewsHour asked three dermatologists for tips on recreating the Paul Rudd effect.
Science Mar 29You may not believe the Mueller report no matter what it says
Research shows that most people prefer (and potentially have always preferred throughout history) their partisan leanings over weighing things objectively.
Science Mar 20Which came first: society or a fear of god?
Religion is a fundamental feature of humanity, but did our ancestors need it to form complex societies?…