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 Oct 12DNA ancestry searches can now identify most white Americans. Here’s why that’s legally questionable
Police identified the Golden State Killer with a genetic ancestry search for his distant relatives. These two studies show how easy that could be done for anyone.
Science Oct 11Why Hurricane Michael took everyone by surprise and what to expect after it’s gone
At the moment, the reported links between Hurricane Michael and climate change are murky, at best.
Science Oct 03Trio wins Nobel Prize by using chemistry to ‘evolve’ the building blocks of life
This year’s chemistry Nobel also comes with some political controversy, as one of the winners has been accused of promoting anti-Israel views.
Science Oct 01James Allison and Tasuku Honjo, cancer immunotherapy trailblazers, take home 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine
James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize in in Medicine for a branch of medicine that calls on our immune systems to fight tumors.
Science Sep 27How alcohol, time and trying to forget trauma can change what we remember
Here’s what science says about how alcohol, age and memory interplay, and how trying to forget a memory can reinforce or corrode it.
Science Sep 20In Kavanaugh debate, ‘boys will be boys’ is an unscientific excuse for assault
Scientists debunk four myths about teenage brains, sexual aggression and what we remember about assault.
Science Sep 14Hurricane Florence makes landfall. Here’s how you can track flooding, power outages and other damage
PBS NewsHour has compiled this guide of resources so you can track Hurricane Florence's devastation as it happens.
Nation Sep 11Live map: Track Hurricane Florence as it heads for the East Coast
Update: Sept. 13, 6:58 a.m. ET Overnight, Hurricane Florence’s winds continued to decline. However, its rain and storm surge forecasts remain unchanged. The outer bands of its tropical storm-force winds are now reaching shore. Florence’s winds dropped by 20…
Science Sep 10How Hurricane Florence could cause unprecedented damage to the Carolinas
A week ago, no one expected Hurricane Florence to roll into the Southeast, and now it may create storm surge taller than a house.
Science Sep 06Why red tide isn’t red and other myths about algae blooms
The question as to why they make toxins in the first place is one of the great mysteries of marine science.