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

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?

Ceci Bastida's new solo effort inspired by Murakami, Mexico and motherhood

Formerly of the ska/punk band Tijuana No!, Ceci Bastida is back with a contemporary sounding solo effort called "La Edad de la Violencia."

Tuesday Reviewsday: Kitten, Riff Raff, Claire and How to Dress Well

We have music from a guy who says that James Franco's character in Spring Breakers is based on him and a woman who's been rocking in LA since she was 12 years old.

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo team up for their new album 'The Both'

Alex Cohen sits down with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo to talk about how it was for the two of them to work on their new album, "The Both."

E3 Conference: Testing out the future of virtual reality and gaming

E3 is one of the biggest events of the year for the gaming world, and Take Two was on hand to check out some of the game titles that were announced.

Gaming giants go to war at E3 in downtown LA

Sony and Microsoft are in a league of their own, going to war over hardcore gamers. While Nintendo is trying to figure out how to pull in a bigger audience.

Tuesday Reviewsday: People Under The Stairs, Lee Fields and more

Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes join Take Two to run down the latest releases you need to know about.

Could online poker become legal in California?

13 California tribes have finally settled on legislation which would legalize poker online, but there are still hurdles to get over before anything goes through.

App Chat: How to see a doctor from your couch

This week on App Chat: see a doctor from your couch, navigate the healthcare system better, track other sick people and get better sleep

Hackers try to solve LA's data problems in a weekend

This weekend, hackers got together to try and build apps to help Los Angeles and its residents, and they were able to come up with some useful things.

Can including ice in your daily diet help you lose weight?

"...It turns out that when you eat ice and melt it, that takes energy. Ultimately what this leads to is that ice is a negative calorie food."