Jacob Margolis

Science Reporter

Stories by Jacob Margolis

'A Short History of Nuclear Folly' and the lasting effects of the nuclear arms race

In Rudolph Herzog's new book, "A Short History of Nuclear Folly," he traces the history of the nuclear race and what effects it has on the world today.

Update: Officials find 'human remains' in burnt-out Big Bear cabin (photos, map)

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department say they have identified "charred human remains" amid the debris of the burned down cabin that was the scene of a fierce firefight earlier in the day.

'King Of Kong' musical comes to the UCB Theater

Tonight at the UCB Theater in Hollywood, a group of TV writers will perform an 8-bit musical version of a "King of Kong," based on the 2007 documentary film.

Surfer Garrett McNamara conquers massive wave in Portugal (Photos)

Professional surfer Garrett McNamara barreled down a behemoth wave off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal earlier this week, and some witnesses in his camp claim it was 100-feet high.

Sushi Nozawa closes its doors after 25 years

The sushi nazi has retired. After 25 years, Kazunori Nozawa of Sushi Nozawa in Studio City served his last albacore sashimi yesterday.

Who's opposed to .XXX domain names? Not exactly whom you'd think

The group selling .xxx addresses online says it makes it easier to identify adult content and block it for children. But that won't happen if adult entertainment companies don't move their sites — and some of them hate the new suffix. If everything is under one domain, they say, it's easier to censor.

I'm a bee-liever

We just aired a segment about backyard beekeeping and whatyaknow, my family keeps bees! So, I thought I'd show you what our setup is like.

Can a man tell when a woman is ovulating?

Ovulating dancers make the best tips. That study finding caught the eye of UCLA Communications and Psychology professor Martie Haselton.

Food pyramid becomes a food circle in makeover

The federal government rolled out a new version of its iconic food pyramid, today. The pyramid was replaced by a plate graphic (above). The plate has four colored sections representing fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. Next to the plate is a smaller circle for dairy foods. Why the makeover? Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University explains.

Radiolab finds beauty in symmetry

This video was created by the folks over at EveryNone for the NPR science show Radiolab. It was tied to their Desperately Seeking Symmetry episode. Like most of their stuff, it's wonderfully composed and fabulously edited.

Is sugar killing us?

Is sugar toxic? According to journalist Gary Taubes, yes. Madeleine spoke to him about his cover article for the New York Times Magazine. He says sugar is not just behind obesity and tooth decay, it may be the cause of cancer and heart disease.

Shepherd Firesheep away from your login info

On the show a few weeks ago we profiled the Firefox Browser extension Firesheep. It allows users to steal your unsecured Facebook login information over open Wi-fi networks. This means that if you're on an open network at a coffee shop somewhere, it's likely that you're vulnerable.

How to Torrent - Revisited

We got a lot of comments after yesterday's piece on torrenting.

The Show Starts Monday

This is a picture of Steve Proffitt interviewing UCLA students.

This Is How We Work

This is producer/freegan/hip man extraordinaire, Sanden Totten. He's doing an impromptu phone interview underneath his cubicle.