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 Dec 11Your gym mats may be breeding antibiotic-resistant germs
It may be time to reconsider the use of some spray sanitizers.
Science Dec 11The Arctic is experiencing its ‘most unprecedented transition in history.’ Here’s why
2018 is the second warmest year for the Arctic in a century, plus other takeaways from this year's Arctic Report Card.
Science Dec 10These 2017 weather disasters were worsened by climate change
Extreme weather in one region often begets weather disasters on a global scale, which is one theme that runs through this year's "Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective" report.
Science Dec 06Why coastal Carolina may never recover from its intensifying hurricanes
Coastal hurricanes are leaving behind toxic algal blooms, a new silent threat to water quality. It is one of three ways that these storms are changing North Carolina for good.
Science Dec 03WATCH: NASA’s Osiris-Rex reaches Bennu, in mission to bring home asteroid dust
Part pioneer and part dirt collector, Osiris-Rex will spend the next year or so looking for a spot to capture pieces of the asteroid before heading back to Earth.
Science Nov 21After hurricanes, why is it so hard to test for waterborne diseases?
Researchers are developing“disease drones” and other tools to better control bacteria outbreaks in the future.
Science Nov 20Thanks to this lab, we can better protect our homes from fire
California's recent spate of wildfires has caused devastating death and destruction. Can scientific experimentation help us minimize the scope of fire disasters? Scientists at the National Fire Research Laboratory in Gaithersburg, Maryland, are studying how materials burn and combust, in…
Science Nov 12Why ‘mega wildfires’ are happening in November
What everyone needs to know about why these fires are spreading so quickly so late in the year, and how to protect your homes and businesses from them.
Nation Nov 08‘Camp Fire’ in California still growing, kills 5 people
On Friday, officials announced that five bodies were recovered from vehicles in Paradise, California, a town overcome and destroyed by the fire. The fire, as of now, has swelled to 70,000 acres.
Politics Nov 06Which states were hit by voting problems on Election Day?
Here’s a look at some of the reported voting problems that have frustrated voters today.