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 May 31NASA reveals first mission to ‘touch the sun’
NASA wants to send a probe directly into our sun's atmosphere.
Science May 23What Trump’s budget proposal means for science, health and tech
The White House’s full budget request for 2018 seeks sharp cuts to cancer research, climate science and children’s health insurance.
Science May 15This tiny island with no humans is getting buried in plastic trash
Henderson Island, a remote locale in the South Pacific, is covered with 37.7 million pieces of plastic debris -- the highest density ever recorded in the world for a beach.
Science May 08Can’t resist candy? You may have this mutation
If you’re a candy lover or denier, you may want to blame one of your liver hormones, according to a new study.
Health May 04Toddlers’ screen time linked to slower speech development, study finds
Children who spent more time with hand-held screens were more likely to exhibit signs of an expressive speech delay, according to a new study from Toronto.
Science Apr 26Analysis: A new study says settlers arrived in the Americas 130,000 years ago. Should we believe it?
An archaeological site near San Diego suggests humans arrived in America more than 100,000 years before previously thought.
Science Apr 21Why these people are joining — or skipping — the March for Science
We asked people across the country what they thought about the March for Science. Here’s what you told us.
Science Apr 11The science behind why your shoelace knot is doomed to fail
Fret no longer children of planet Earth, as new research has figured out the physics behind why shoelace knots fail and why some shoelaces are more prone to the mistake.
Science Apr 06If you had to eat a human, which body part should you pick first?
To better understand the historical motivations of cannibalism, a new study looks into the nutritional value of human body parts.
Science Apr 05Why bad science is plaguing health research — and how to fix it
Biomedical scientists are struggling to reproduce the work of others. A new book from NPR's Richard Harris explores what to do about it.