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 Sep 03How seeing a political logo can impair your understanding of facts
Political symbols have a sneaky influence on your brain, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania.
Science Aug 24How Hurricane Lane’s torrential rain mirrors Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Lane’s rains call to mind the downpour of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas a year ago Saturday. But the hurricanes are likely to have two very different outcomes.
Science Aug 21Police militarization fails to protect officers and targets black communities, study finds
Police militarization neither reduces rates of violent crime nor changes the number of officers assaulted or killed, a new study finds. It is arguably the nation’s first systematic analysis on the use and consequences of militarized police forces.
Science Aug 15How to avoid a catastrophic ‘Hothouse Earth’
Humanity only has a handful of decades to determine the future of our planet.
Science Aug 12Skin poaching of Asian elephants, a crisis unfolding in Myanmar, could crush the species
Asian elephants are 10 times more endangered than African savanna elephant and facing a new serious threat. Poachers are taking the skin of Asian elephants in Myanmar and turning it into ruby red jewelry.
Science Aug 10WATCH: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe blasts off for 7-year mission around the sun
NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched at 3:31 a.m. ET on Sunday. Watch live here.
Science Aug 09This EPA rule may expand asbestos use, and the deadline for feedback just passed
Critics say a proposed rule would allow asbestos to make a comeback. EPA officials say it will do the opposite, filling a loophole that companies could use to manufacture asbestos. Here's what you need to know.
World Aug 08A new lust for elephant skin jewelry could decimate Myanmar’s giants
The poaching of African elephants, where they are murdered for their ivory tusks, is well-documented. But halfway around world in Myanmar, their cousins are 10 times more endangered and facing a new serious threat. Poachers are taking the skin of…
Nation Aug 02What Trump’s plan to roll back fuel-economy standards means for your wallet and the environment
And a look at how we got to this point.
Science Jul 27Here’s proof that open office layouts don’t work, and how to fix them
A new study shows moving to an open office dramatically cuts face-to-face conversations, but architects say not all open offices should be treated equal.