Jacob Margolis

Science Reporter

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From the consequences of climate change to the next Big One, the threat of another natural disaster is never far away. I help Southern Californians understand the science shaping our imperfect paradise and get them prepared for what’s next.

Stories by Jacob Margolis

Can The Pay-What-You-Want Model Ever Work For Restaurants?

Around the United States, and the world, a handful of pay-what-you-want restaurants have popped up. At best, the results have been mixed.

RIP Pacific Coast Highway

You may not know this, but oftentimes in newsrooms we write obituaries ahead of time so that they're ready to publish when the person passes away. But what if the obit wasn't for a person, but for a place that's been the home of magical memories for generations?

Yes, We Got A Lot Of Rain This Year, But The Fire Danger Is Still Very Real

We promise this article isn't as dry as L.A.'s vegetation

The Perseids are back for their 2019 show

It's August, which means the spectacular Perseids meteor shower is upon us. That said, they're not going to be nearly as bright as they could be given the moon.

Crumbling cliffs could become more common with climate change

When you're laying on the beach, beware of the crumbling cliffs above you. They could be deadly.

Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, is covered in table salt

Travel 390 million miles away from Earth to Jupiter’s moon Europa and you’ll find something more often found on dining tables. Salt. That’s according to a new study from researchers at Caltech and JPL.

What a swarm of 430 SoCal earthquakes means for the Big One

It’s been a bit shaky in parts of the Inland Empire. Glen Avon and Fontana have experienced a swarm of earthquakes, more than 430 in the past week or so. Does that mean that a big one is right around the corner?

New study looks for signs of a big earthquake before it's realized

A new study out of the University of Oregon looks at whether there's a correlation between the speed at which the earth moves in the beginning seconds of an earthquake and how big it becomes.

Climate Change Is Stealing This City's Beach. They're Fighting Back With Million Dollar Sand Dunes

Rising sea levels and intense storms have exacerbated the dangers of natural erosion, and the fact that we've built homes and infrastructure right up against it means that it's a huge concern.

Officials emphasize the need to prepare for an awful 2019 fire season

Wildfires are coming and you need to get ready. That was the message state and local officials hammered home during a press conference earlier this month in Orange County, as part of Wildfire Preparedness week.

Calm Down, Rain In May Is Absolutely Normal

The roads are wet, the sky is grey and the air is humid. There’s water falling from above, IN MAY. Should everyone be freaking out? Not really.

Today's Storm Is A Bit Weird, But Calm Down, LA. May Rain Is Totally Normal

Do. Not. Panic.

Much like earthquakes, marsquakes can teach us about the interior of the planet

By analyzing how waves created by marsquakes travel through the interior of the red planet, scientists hope to better understand how it was created. That's what the InSight spacecraft was hoping for when the first-ever witnessed quake struck earlier this month.

Urban search and rescue workers practice responding to a big earthquake

Urban search and rescue workers from Los Angeles County and Fairfax, Virginia, met up in Castaic to practice how to respond to an earthquake. For 96 hours, they ran drills, including how to pull people from elevator shafts, collapsed parking structures and crushed cars.

LA's super green spring may pose a not-so-hidden danger

Plants are going to dry. How quickly that happens depends on how hot things get this spring and summer. And how long they stay dry depends on when our rainy season shows up.