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.
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 Mar 09Does Tamiflu work? We asked a scientist
When the flu strikes, many rush to the doctor for Tamiflu, but there is debate over the complications it can treat.
Science Jan 31Killer whales put their heads together for their next meal
In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, we get a glimpse into the intelligent group hunting patterns of killer whales -- and the escape of one very lucky seal.
Science Jan 31Watch: The super blue blood moon makes first appearance since 1866
If cloudy skies are blocking your view or you can’t manage to roll out of bed for an early morning viewing, we’ve got you covered. Watch the first super blue blood moon to appear over the U.S. in more than…
World Jan 23Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions strike Alaska, Japan and the Philippines
A series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions struck the Pacific Rim late Monday and early Tuesday.
Science Jan 19The high-tech coating that makes ketchup, toothpaste and glue glide out of the container
Getting ketchup out of the bottle wasn't always so smooth or easy. But a coating material called LiquiGlide, originally invented to solve a problem in the oil industry, cuts the natural friction and tension between liquids and solids, allowing you…
Nation Jan 14Puerto Rico energy authority investigates dozens of post-Maria bribery cases
The employees under investigation are accused of requesting money in exchange for restoring energy to houses or businesses, as Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
Science Jan 01These tiny satellites, equipped with ion thrusters, could change how we explore space
An engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wants to explore the cosmos with CubeSats and ion engines inspired by static electricity.
Science Jan 01How to visit Mars with a tiny satellite and static electricity
Cubesats, low-cost, bite-sized satellites inspired by the tubes used to hold Beanie Babies, were invented in 1999 as educational tools. Now, aerospace suppliers and governments across the globe see the tools as the future of space commercialization and deep space…
Science Dec 13Babies born closer to fracking sites are more likely to be underweight
Low birth weight, defined as being born under 5.5 pounds, has previously been linked with an increased risk of childhood mortality and poorer educational outcomes.
Science Dec 11Fentanyl is so potent doctors don’t know how to fight it
Russia once used fentanyl as a biological weapon. Now, illicit use of the lethal opioid is hindering therapy.