Jacob Margolis

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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

Santa Monica shooting: Franco family struck by a second tragedy

The loss of Carlos and his daughter Marcela leaves "a hole that will never be filled." The family asks for donations to be able to bury them with "dignity" and "honor."

California farmers struggle to keep up with demand for rabbit meat

Restauranteurs and farmers market shoppers in Northern California are turning to a different meat to satisfy their protein needs: Rabbit.

Cold War Kids on their 4th album 'Dear Miss Lonelyhearts'

The Long Beach, Calif. band Cold War Kids have a new album out entitled "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts," based on a black comedy set during the Great Depression. We speak with bandmembers Nathan Willett and Matt Maust.

Could 'Star Trek' technology ever become reality?

Adam Steltzner, an engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, offers insight into how close 'Star Trek' tech is to becoming a reality.

How tech writer Paul Miller survived a year without the Internet

For an entire year, tech writer and self-proclaimed Internet addict Paul Miller chose to abstain from going online. He joins the show to talk about his experience.

'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.