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 Sep 30What a North Korea hydrogen bomb would do to the Pacific Ocean and space stations
Here’s a closer look at what a hydrogen bomb could mean for sea creatures, fisheries, astronauts and even Google Earth.
Science Sep 26OSIRIS-REx probe snaps Earth photo on way to space mining adventure
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe offers a new vantage of Earth on its way to the asteroid Bennu.
World Sep 20Dos terremotos poderosos han golpeado a Mexico en dos semanas
Usted puede encontrar la versión en inglés aquí. Un terremoto poderoso agitó la Ciudad de México el martes por la tarde, colapsando edificios en la capital del país. El evento ocurrió 11 días después de que otro terremoto…
Science Sep 20Here’s how Republicans and Democrats feel about science news
Republicans, Democrats are equally engaged with science news, but one group is less pleased with what they read, see or hear.
Science Sep 192 devastating earthquakes have hit Mexico in as many weeks. Here’s why
By Tuesday evening, 149 people had died from the earthquake, which came 11 days after another major earthquake.
World Sep 08Southern Mexico shaken by deadly 8.1 earthquake, its strongest in a century
The earthquake also sparked a series of relatively small tsunamis that hit the Chiapas coastline.
Science Sep 07Hurricane Irma’s staggering power in numbers
As Hurricane Irma churns north of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba, before setting its course toward the U.S., here are some numbers you should keep in mind.
Science Sep 05First Harvey, now Irma. Why are so many hurricanes hitting the U.S.?
Some uncertainty still surrounds Hurricane Irma’s fate, but here’s what to expect -- plus an explainer on why this hurricane season is churning out so many extreme storms in the Atlantic Ocean.
Science Aug 31Wetlands stopped $625 million in property damage during Hurricane Sandy. Can they help Houston?
For the first time, a new study gives us a sense of how much property damage these natural habitats can prevent during severe storms like Hurricane Harvey.
Science Aug 29Hurricane Harvey damages petrochemical refineries, releasing thousands of pounds of airborne pollutants
ExxonMobil disclosed Tuesday that two refineries accidentally released 12,000 pounds of hazardous vapors after being damaged by Hurricane Harvey. But the disclosures represent just four of more than a dozen reports filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality since…