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 Mar 24Why you should take a closer look at this week’s NASA bill
While the 2017 NASA Authorization Act reaffirms commitments to the International Space Station and deep space missions, certain elements -- or the lack thereof -- have caused concern among some scientists, including space baron Elon Musk…
Science Mar 21Why a baby’s first touch may set their sense of the world
Early medical procedures can dampen a child’s ability to perceive touch in the long run.
Science Mar 16Trump’s budget cuts drastically into science and health programs
The White House’s budget proposal for 2018, released Thursday, seeks cuts in science and health agencies across the board. Yet, some budgetary wallets will be lightened more than others.
Science Mar 15How global warming leads to tiny horses and other shrinking mammals
Ancient teeth reveal when the Earth gets warmer, mammals shrink consistently in size.
Science Mar 07Want to cut carbon emissions? Try growing cement bricks with bacteria
A North Carolina startup grows "biocement" bricks to circumvent the hefty load of fossil fuels needed for normal cement.
Science Mar 03Artificial sweetener reveals how much pee is in the average pool
Environmental toxicologists at the University of Alberta, Edmonton have tallied how much pee is in commercial-sized swimming pools.
Science Feb 22Scientists find 7 Earth-like planets orbiting nearby ultracool star
Exoplanets are a dime a dozen these days, but the Trappist-1 exosolar system stands out by hosting seven Earth-like exoplanets, according to a new study.
Science Feb 08This electronic pill can send Wi-Fi updates from your tummy for days
Scientists have created an ingestible device, powered by energy from your stomach, that can record and transmit health data.
Science Feb 02Toddler eye burns spike due to laundry detergent pods
Ever-popular laundry detergent pods now account for a quarter of chemical-related eye injuries in kids aged 3 to 4.
Science Jan 25Affordable water may soon dry up, especially if you live here
Water may become unaffordable for a third of American households within the next five years, according to a Michigan State University study.