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 Mar 15How the New York pizza slice became universal
A new book explains how simple inventions, like the New York City pizza oven, allow certain food producers to dominate their global supply chains.
Science Mar 14Deep dish or New York style? How pi can solve your pizza order
Math can solve your eternal questions of ordering pizza and explain why folding your pizza is always the strongest move.
Science Mar 05Is climate change making U.S. tornadoes worse?
After a deadly storm struck Alabama and Georgia, here's what scientists know -- and don't know -- about climate change and tornadoes in the U.S.
Science Feb 20Can too much salt lead to bad skin?
A new German study suggests eczema, one of the most common skin diseases, may be so prevalent because of too much table salt in our diets.
Science Feb 14Why that one song will always remind you of your ex
This Valentine’s Day, three neuroscientists explain why music-evoked memories are so potent -- and whether we can let them go.
Science Feb 06Trump’s speech ignored global warming and climate disasters, but Americans are more worried than ever
The PBS NewsHour spoke with energy and climate advocates about how they want Trump and the union to approach these issues in 2019 and beyond.
Science Jan 31Trump’s tweets about the polar vortex could be a warmup for 2020
Here’s why global warming can make the winter more severe, and politics more divisive.
Science Jan 17How the shutdown might end, according to game theory
We can find some clues to how the shutdown might end in game theory, which uses math to map out how players and their strategies evolve in the real world.
Science Jan 04How your brain stops you from taking climate change seriously
...and how to fix it.
Science Dec 17How long do cold and flu viruses stay contagious on public surfaces?
These pathogens don’t actually last for days or weeks outside the body, but you should still be proactive in protecting yourself from their spread.