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 Jun 21Why a U.S. ‘Space Force’ is ‘premature’ but ‘inevitable’
What would a space force look like? Why now? Will NASA play a role? Three experts, including a retired Air Force Lieutenant General, explain the rationale behind President Trump's announcement.
Science Jun 18Laze, vog and other volcano vocabulary inspired by Kilauea
Kilauea's eruptions have exposed the guts of our planet in ways previously unseen, and along the way, inspired a number of volcanology terms.
Science Jun 04What made Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano eruption so deadly?
Guatemala's 12,000-foot Volcano of Fire has erupted on and off since 2002. Despite active monitoring, Sunday's eruption caught residents by surprise. Here's why.
Science May 31Smartphone tracking data reveals that the 2016 election season spoiled Thanksgiving
Americans gave up 74 million hours of Thanksgiving in 2016 due to fears of political strife, according to a study published Thursday in Science Magazine.
Science May 24Blue flames, toxic gas clouds. How does Kilauea’s latest eruption compare to its past disasters?
Kilauea is the most lethal volcano in American history, but this reputation comes mostly from a single event.
Science May 22WATCH LIVE: Explosive eruption at Kilauea volcano, as lava threatens geothermal plant
Early Tuesday morning, local news outlets reported another explosive eruption at the Kilauea summit, the fourth to strike the 4,000-foot-high cauldron in three days.
Science May 21Kilauea’s lava is now spilling into the ocean. Here’s why that’s dangerous
Late Saturday, Kilauea’s lava began oozing into the Pacific Ocean, creating a plume of acid and glass shards. As bad as it sounds, this poisonous haze may not be the most hazardous part.
Science May 16Yanny vs. Laurel spotlights our brains’ desire to fill in the gaps
It's the auditory debate taking the internet by storm. The PBS NewsHour's Nsikan Akpan and Julia Griffin explain how one sound can create two different experiences.
Science May 10WATCH LIVE: SpaceX to launch Bangabandhu-1 satellite atop Block 5, the most powerful Falcon 9 rocket to date
On Friday, SpaceX is slated to launch Bangabandhu Satellite-1, Bangladesh’s first communications satellite. But Block 5 -- the souped-up SpaceX rocket carrying the satellite -- may be the real headliner.
Science May 05Photos: Why did the Kilauea volcano make a pink plume?
Hours before the volcano erupted, it spewed a plume of pink ash hundreds of feet into the air. How come?…