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 Jul 12Here are Juno’s first closeup photos of the Great Red Spot
Less than 48 hours ago, NASA's Juno spacecraft got its first up-close-and-personal view with Jupiter's Great Red Spot, and today, the space agency has released photos from the flyby.
Science Jul 12Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf finally breaks, releases giant iceberg
After months of expectation, a gigantic piece of the Larsen C ice shelf broke off Antarctica sometime between Monday and Wednesday.
Science Jul 07Uranus’ magnetic forces switch ‘on and off’
Uranus’ weirdness takes a fresh form via a new model of its magnetosphere, just as NASA mulls a return to the icy giant.
Science Jun 26Everyone is too distracted to stop sharing fake news, study shows
New research shows that everyone is prone to sharing fake news when dealing with a never-ending stream of updates.
Science Jun 19Cats were so nice, they conquered the world twice
Cat domestication happened in two waves during ancient times, according to a new genetic analysis.
Nation Jun 16Judge finds woman in Massachusetts suicide texting case guilty of manslaughter
Michelle Carter could face up to 20 years in prison for urging Conrad Roy III to take his own life.
Science Jun 16Your next happy hour buzz, brought to you by bees
Only two species of yeast --- ale yeast and lager yeast -- have been used for traditional beer brewing over the last 600 years. A lab in North Carolina may have found a third in the strangest place: On bees…
Science Jun 05Police respect whites more than blacks during traffic stops, language analysis finds
By relying on computer analysis of body camera footage, a new study provides an impartial take on policing during traffic stops as well as an automated method for assessing the behavior of police officers based on the language they use.
Science Jun 02The lionfish zapper hits the open seas
Last year, we broke the story of a robot being being developed to fight invasive lionfish. This spring, the prototype landed in the open ocean for the first time. Here’s how they took the idea from paper to practice.
Science May 31What will the world look like if the U.S. bails on the Paris climate deal?
What would really happen if we pull out of this deal? What would the Earth look like in 10, in 20, in 50 years without U.S. involvement in the Paris accord? We asked a field of experts.