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
Nation Jun 16Judge finds woman in Massachusetts suicide texting case guilty of manslaughter
Michelle Carter could face up to 20 years in prison for urging Conrad Roy III to take his own life.
Science Jun 16Your next happy hour buzz, brought to you by bees
Only two species of yeast --- ale yeast and lager yeast -- have been used for traditional beer brewing over the last 600 years. A lab in North Carolina may have found a third in the strangest place: On bees…
Science Jun 05Police respect whites more than blacks during traffic stops, language analysis finds
By relying on computer analysis of body camera footage, a new study provides an impartial take on policing during traffic stops as well as an automated method for assessing the behavior of police officers based on the language they use.
Science Jun 02The lionfish zapper hits the open seas
Last year, we broke the story of a robot being being developed to fight invasive lionfish. This spring, the prototype landed in the open ocean for the first time. Here’s how they took the idea from paper to practice.
Science May 31What will the world look like if the U.S. bails on the Paris climate deal?
What would really happen if we pull out of this deal? What would the Earth look like in 10, in 20, in 50 years without U.S. involvement in the Paris accord? We asked a field of experts.
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.