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

Running 135 miles through heat and mountains for bragging rights

Nearly 100 runners set off this morning on the run of their lives, racing to cover 135 miles of desert and mountains in two days for the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon.

Making marijuana infused meals with a professional chef

People wanting to better understand the process of making marijuana edibles have tapped a professional chef to teach them how. We have him, and his recipes, online.

How hackers infiltrated the NASDAQ stock market

For a long time, cyber-security experts assumed that the financial sector in the US was prepared to take on hackers. But, as they found out four years ago, they were wrong.

Banda music thriving in both the US and Mexico

Banda music is exploding in both Mexico and the US right now and it has to do with a bunch of young artists coming up that are ditching old school rules.

App Chat: 3 ways to make your road trip fun and entertaining

We're smack in the middle of summer which for some means, ROADTRIP! Which is the perfect time to try out the new apps that we have today on App Chat.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Bleachers, Madlib, Charlie Haden and more

A local rapper creates a strange brew of psych, kraut and prog music and we bid farewell to jazz legend Charlie Haden, it's Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly music segment.

Vine Dad Asks: Can posting videos of your kid online affect their future?

Six seconds can a super star make in this day and age of the internet, and LA based freelance writer Nick Confalone is one of those stars, but so is his baby.

Examining the fallout of the World Cup in Brazil

What happens to Brazil now that the World Cup is coming to an end? Mauricio Savarese joins A Martinez, from Brazil, to discuss.

Malaysian singer Yuna performs tonight at The Hollywood Bowl

Yuna Zarai is what you call a triple threat - a fashion designer, a lawyer and a talented musician. And she's playing a tribue to Ella Fitzgerald on July 9th at the Hollywood Bowl.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Henry Butler, Cowboy Jack Clement, Fania and Miranda

A blind pianist, a country music legend, the reboot of a Latin label in New York and an Argentinean electro-pop band. It's all about the new music here on Tuesday Reviewsday.

Swimmer awareness is crucial as shark populations in California increase

There was a shark attack off the coast of Manhattan Beach yesterday that left one swimmer injured. But as the shark population grows we have to get more comfortable swimming with big marine animals says one shark expert.

App Chat: how to play laser tag with your iPhone on July 4

Whether that means hiking a mountain or hiking to Space Mountain, there are apps out there to help you make the most out of Independence Day.

You Voted: Who has the best sausage in SoCal?

As a lead up to all the grilling that'll be happening on the fourth, last week, we announced that we wanted you to tell us which restaurant had the best sausage in Southern California.

Facebook manipulated users emotions for research

According to a new study, Facebook posts can make people feel happier, or sadder, depending on their tone. And the company found this out by manipulating what people saw online.

You Vote: Who has the best sausage in SoCal?

Tell us what the tastiest sausage in Southern California is and maybe we'll profile it on the show. Because if you're going to eat sausage on the fourth of July, why not make it the peoples' choice?