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 10WATCH LIVE: SpaceX to launch Bangabandhu-1 satellite atop Block 5, the most powerful Falcon 9 rocket to date
On Friday, SpaceX is slated to launch Bangabandhu Satellite-1, Bangladesh’s first communications satellite. But Block 5 -- the souped-up SpaceX rocket carrying the satellite -- may be the real headliner.
Science May 05Photos: Why did the Kilauea volcano make a pink plume?
Hours before the volcano erupted, it spewed a plume of pink ash hundreds of feet into the air. How come?…
Science May 03Read Stephen Hawking’s final theory on the Big Bang
Stephen Hawking's final theory challenges the existence of the multiverse and argues the Big Bang had a finite boundary, defined by string theory and holograms.
Health Apr 27The autism rate is on the rise, CDC says. Here’s what that actually means
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the prevalence of autism is slightly higher than previously thought, but does it mean autism is becoming more common?…
Science Apr 19Who is Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s new administrator?
Congressman. Museum owner. Climate change denier. These are some of the words used to describe Jim Bridenstine, who was confirmed Thursday as the 13th NASA administrator.
Science Apr 18Analysis: Robots have achieved what humans never will — assembling an IKEA chair in less than 21 minutes
An autonomous robot can now assemble an IKEA chair without a manual in less than 21 minutes, which is an odd but significant milestone in artificial intelligence and robotics.
Science Apr 11The science of using your expectations to relieve pain
Traditional healing is used around the world, from acupuncture to laying of hands to yoga. How do these alternative remedies work to heal the body and the brain? As part of our series ScienceScope and in cooperation with the Pulitzer…
Science Apr 04Can solar energy speed Puerto Rico’s recovery? Here’s what it would take
It’s been just over six months since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico and roughly 150,000 people still do not have power. A string of grassroots efforts aims to jumpstart the grid with solar energy. Science producer Nsikan Akpan explains…
Nation Apr 025 important stories that got lost in last week’s news
These days, it’s hard to stop news from Washington, D.C., from flooding your news feed. We take a moment every week to bring you important stories beyond the White House and the Capitol. Here’s what we’re reading now.
Science Mar 30What to do if this Chinese space station crashes into your house this weekend
Though chances of a human collision are low, here's what to do if the Tiangong-1 lands near you -- and how you'd sue for damages.