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 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.
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.