Nsikan Akpan

Summer 2014 science writing intern

All Stories by Nsikan Akpan

  1. Psychology

    Goalkeepers deceive themselves when facing penalty kicks

    Soccer’s goalies fall victim to a logical fallacy during the sport’s most high-pressure situation, seeing trends where none exists.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Boot camp bug

    Adenoviruses, which cause respiratory illnesses including some colds, plague boot camps.

  3. Life

    Mouse sperm parties make for straight swimmers

    Mouse sperm hunt for eggs in packs, but grouping doesn’t boost speed. Instead, gangs of the reproductive cells move in straighter lines.

  4. Animals

    Elephant’s big nose wins most sensitive sniffer

    A genetic survey reveals that African elephants harbor more smell sensors than any other known animal.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Carbs and gut microbes fuel colon cancer

    Western nations experience high levels of colon cancer, and carbo-loading gut microbes might explain why, says a new study in mice.

  6. Plants

    Wine corks may owe quality to gene activity

    Discovery of genes that distinguish superior stoppers from inferior ones could help reverse recent global downturn in quality.

  7. Health & Medicine

    HIV reemerges in ‘cured’ child

    The discovery spotlights limits in detecting the clandestine germ and raises questions about whether HIV can ever truly be cured.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Two genes clear up psoriasis and eczema confusion

    Psoriasis and eczema are often mistaken for each other, leading to mistreatment. Testing just two genes could eliminate this confusion.

  9. Life

    Gecko adhesion takes electric turn

    Challenging a favored theory, measurements suggest that electrostatic interactions make gecko feet supersticky.

  10. Environment

    Microplastics lodge in crab gills and guts

    Crabs can absorb microplastic particles through their gills and by eating polluted mussels.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Supercooling makes livers for transplants last longer

    Supercooling a rat liver for transplant greatly increased an organ’s survival time outside the body, potentially opening the door for global allocation of human organs.