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 Dec 13Babies born closer to fracking sites are more likely to be underweight
Low birth weight, defined as being born under 5.5 pounds, has previously been linked with an increased risk of childhood mortality and poorer educational outcomes.
Science Dec 11Fentanyl is so potent doctors don’t know how to fight it
Russia once used fentanyl as a biological weapon. Now, illicit use of the lethal opioid is hindering therapy.
Science Dec 07Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall changed how we saw primates. These new movies change how we see them
Two new documentaries on Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall spotlight the complicated and contrasting paths they took toward scientific greatness.
Nation Nov 23Football fans in Iowa find a way to bring joy to young patients at a nearby hospital
For some families at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the world outside. The Kohn family has spent more than 300 days in the children’s ward, while their young son waits for…
Science Oct 262.1 million Americans use water wells with hazardous levels of arsenic, USGS estimates
While arsenic is an ancient health threat, this analysis offers one of the first nationwide appraisals for the groundwater contaminant and spotlights regulatory gaps in the nation’s water infrastructure.
Science Oct 25Fact or fiction: Do redheads feel more pain?
Redheads are rumored feel more pain and need more painkillers than their blonde and brown-haired cousins, but the science itself is murky.
Science Oct 09How a brain gets hooked on opioids
Here is the neuroscience behind how opioids overtake the human brain.
Science Oct 042017 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to ‘cool’ 3D pictures of bioarchitecture
Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a way to image biomolecules at cold temperatures.
Science Oct 03LIGO gravitational wave discoverers win 2017 Nobel Prize in physics
Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne have won the 2017 Nobel Prize for physics for leading the projects that discovered gravitational waves and proved an century-old Einstein theory.
Science Oct 02Three Americans win 2017 Nobel Prize in medicine for research on circadian clocks
Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for their research into what controls circadian rhythms.