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 Sep 05First Harvey, now Irma. Why are so many hurricanes hitting the U.S.?
Some uncertainty still surrounds Hurricane Irma’s fate, but here’s what to expect -- plus an explainer on why this hurricane season is churning out so many extreme storms in the Atlantic Ocean.
Science Aug 31Wetlands stopped $625 million in property damage during Hurricane Sandy. Can they help Houston?
For the first time, a new study gives us a sense of how much property damage these natural habitats can prevent during severe storms like Hurricane Harvey.
Science Aug 29Hurricane Harvey damages petrochemical refineries, releasing thousands of pounds of airborne pollutants
ExxonMobil disclosed Tuesday that two refineries accidentally released 12,000 pounds of hazardous vapors after being damaged by Hurricane Harvey. But the disclosures represent just four of more than a dozen reports filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality since…
Politics Aug 24Interior Department calls for changes to national monuments but offers no details. Here’s how we got here
Interior secretary Ryan Zinke called Thursday for a “handful” of changes to 27 national monuments that have been under review since this spring. The 120-day review, set in motion by an executive order from President Donald Trump, was due…
Science Aug 21WATCH: Total eclipse crosses the continental U.S.
For those unable to visit a spot on the 3,000-mile-long, 70-mile-wide path of totality, you’re in luck. In partnership with NOVA, NewsHour will be streaming the solar eclipse event all afternoon.
Science Aug 20How white supremacists respond when their DNA says they’re not ‘white’
When confronted with genetic evidence suggesting someone isn't “pure blood,” as white supremacists put it, they do not cast the person out of online communities. They bargain.
Science Aug 175 things you should remember as you prepare for the great solar eclipse
If you plan to join the 5,000-year-old tradition of eclipse watching next Monday, here are five things you need to remember.
Science Aug 14Amazon recalls potentially hazardous solar eclipse glasses
Amazon issued a recall for some eclipse glasses sold on its internet marketplace, but did not publicly list the offending vendors or brands.
Science Aug 09How a flood of antibiotics landed in your chicken
In the book "Big Chicken," Maryn McKenna chronicles how humanity went from developing antibiotics to keep healthy to standing on the verge of an onslaught of unstoppable diseases.
Science Aug 02U.S. scientists are fixing genetic defects in human embryos. Should you be nervous?
For the first time, U.S. scientists have genetically edited human embryos with CRISPR, thanks in part to regulatory loopholes.