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

California farmers call in wild boar hunters to control overpopulation

Though there are various hands-off methods farmers can use to protect their crops - traps, fencing... etc. — sometimes hunting is a necessity.

'League of Legends' video game championship comes to LA

KPCC's Jacob Margolis attended a semi-final match last weekend to get an idea for what all of the fuss was about.

What makes one pen superior to another?

Brad Dowdy has reviewed more than 700 pens on his website The Pen Addict.com. He joins the show to tell us what makes one pen better than another.

The art of the 6 second comedy

Six second comedy videos have become a huge draw on the social media site, Vine. But is six seconds enough time do something funny?

How some are protecting their personal information online

Since the revelations about the NSA's data gathering program surfaced, there have been plenty of discussions about privacy online. Citizens wonder if they can trust the government or the giant online companies that handle their personal information.

Can a 7 minute workout be as effective as a 60 minute one?

Do short interval workouts like Crossfit work? We'll find out by speaking with Dr. Allen Lim a sports physiologist. But first we sent Alex and A to the gym.

How does Google's Chromecast compare to competitors?

Google debuted Chromecast, a device that lets you beam content directly from a device like a phone, tablet or laptop to your television. For $35 it essentially makes any newer TV into a smart TV.

Summer Dish: How to make northern Thai 'hick food' aka Thai ceviche

"It's like Thai hick food," says Night + Market chef Kris Yenbamroong about his favorite summer dish, koi tuna.

What goes into a $14 bottle of sommelier-crafted water?

Water sommelier Martin Riese, creator of 9OH2O, demonstrates why the taste of water you're drinking is as important as even the finest wines.

Is Soylent the food of the future?

Soylent is pitched as an all-in one nutritional drink that has all of the nutrients that your body needs. But can it really do what it claims?

Hubber car-sharing business comes to LAX

The next time you fly out of LAX, instead of spending money to park your car, you could be earning some. That's the idea behind Hubber, a new peer-to-peer car rental service that pairs tourists with residents.

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.