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

SpaceX tries to break into the spy satellite industry

SpaceX wants to send spy satellites into orbit. It's a lucrative business opportunity, but before they can get there they have plenty of problems to overcome.

'Desert Gold' curators offer alternative festival to Coachella this weekend

This weekend isn't just about the massive Southern California music festival, Coachella. Thirty minutes up the road in Palm Springs, Desert Gold is also starting.

$1,700 'Frozen' dolls up on eBay

The Disney film "Frozen" is the highest grossing animated film of all time, raking in over $1 billion. But what about the merchandise?

App Chat: 5 apps for lounging by the pool with a cold drink

It's hot out. So, we have a list of apps that'll help you sit around the pool, get drunk and save your baby soft skin from turning to leather.

'Heartbleed' could be why your credit card data was stolen

"Heartbleed" is a new vulnerability that was discovered in an online protocol called SSL, which is used to encrypt data that travels across the internet...

Tech experts make HBO's 'Silicon Valley' a bit more real

"I like to think that they were looking for both a data compression expert and a penis joke expert..." says Vin Mishra who consulted on HBO's new series "Silicon Valley."

Popular Yosemite spots reopen after Rim Fire closure

Parts of Yosemite opened back up yesterday after they were closed because of the Rim fire that devastated more than 77,000 acres inside the park.

UCLA's Anderson Forecast: Modest job growth, drought impact on city

A new study out today from UCLA's Anderson School paints a somewhat grim picture of California's economy.

Samsung and Apple back in court fighting over patent issues

Tech giants Apple and Samsung are back in court fighting over patent issues and the outcome of the case could change the face of the lucrative smartphone market.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Mac DeMarco, St. Vincent, Jimmer and Death

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week, we have journalists Shirley Halperin and Roy Trakin from The Hollywood Reporter.

Moses Sumney: One of LA's most talked-about musicians

Moses Sumney is one of the most talked-about LA musicians of 2014 and he hasn't even released an album yet. To understand why, check out a video of his live performance.

Live on KPCC: The English Beat's Dave Wakeling performs in studio

Dave Wakeling from The English Beat joined Alex Cohen in KPCC's studios for a chat about his career. Listen to two songs he performed here.

Officials want to make Venice safer, but could changes kill the culture?

The Venice Boardwalk has always been known for an eclectic mix of artists, tourists and a bit of a rough element. Now, officials are moving to make it safer, but what sort of cultural impact will that have?

App Chat: 3 apps that'll help you handle rough relationships

Regardless of where you are in your relationship we have three heartless pieces of technology that can help you if you're stressed out about what is or what was.

Can Candy Crush's parent company survive on the stock market?

Well, Candy Crush isn't exactly on the stock market. It's King, the game's parent company, that began trading on the New York Stock Exchange today at $22.50. However, after only a couple of hours the stock had already dropped a couple of dollars.