Jacob Margolis

Science Reporter

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

How some tiny birds challenged what scientists knew about evolution

On Santa Cruz Island, just off the coast of California, a surprising discovery has been made that could give some insight into Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

Listen to new music from Feufollet, Niyaz and The Sonics

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week music journalist Steve Hochman joins Alex Cohen in studio with new albums.

How Robert Williams of Juxtapoz went from outlaw artist to mainstream

"Once you take the sophistication out of art you have a much larger and imaginative playing field... A cartoon has a far far larger vocabulary than any other form of art."

Can the LAPD's Mental Evaluation Unit work for other departments?

Southern California Public Radio's Stephanie O'Neill continues her series by exploring whether the MEU is a viable model for the LA County Sheriff's Department.

Impatient: Are high deductibles ruining patients lives?

High-deductibles got you down? Not sure how to handle paying $3000 dollars before your insurance kicks in? That's what we're talking about this week on Impatient.

Should you enroll in a medical study on your iPhone?

If medical researchers could survey iPhone users around the world, would that change the future of medicine? Apple thinks so. But should you be involved?

Tuesday Reviewsday: Will Butler, Blues Traveler and more

Tuesday means it's time for our our weekly new music segment Tuesday Reviewsday. This week Chris Martins and Shirley Halperin are on deck with their top picks.

Anna Akana is a HUGE YouTube star. Now she’s got a new show on Snapchat

These days super heroes dominate film and television, but today they're coming to a new platform -the messaging app Snapchat.

A photographer covered models in buckets of honey. Take a look

Honey's delicious with yogurt. It's great on a pavlova. But it also does a wonderful job of making models look like they're encased in amber. Check out our slideshow.

'Maps to the Stars' writer Bruce Wagner's life informed his dark take on Hollywood

The Beverly Hills native used his knowledge from growing up among celebrities to create the dark story of director David Cronenberg's latest movie.

'Chappie': Star Sharlto Copley reveals how he brought a robot to life

The star of Neill Blomkamp's newest sci-fi adventure plays the title character, a robot designed to fight crime who instead learns what it means to feel emotions.

After death threats, Brianna Wu talks gaming's dark side

It's tough enough being a woman in the real world, but it's even tougher being one in a video game. Just ask Princess Peach, of Mario fame.

Are minorities well represented in video games?

We hear all the time about the lack of diversity in film and television, but what about other forms of media? Say, video games?

Are you missing your adult vaccinations?

The measles outbreak in the U.S. sparked debates about children and vaccination, but it turns out that a lack of vaccinations among adults is also a problem.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Drake and more

Tuesday means it's time for new music on Take Two. This week journalist Oliver Wang joins A Martinez in the studio to talk about the latest releases.