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

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.

The majority of adult cell users text

Flickr: Azeurus2

Miner Watch: Rocks, Debris, and Dust to Rain Down on Trapped Miners

photo: NIOSH

Dramatic Fire Video

This video shows a "fire devil", a mini tornado made of flames. It was shot in the drought stricken Sao Paolo region of Brazil.

Hipsters in Space!

This video of hipsters in space from Current's Super News, perfectly compliments our above post about the 20-something year olds.

What is it with young people?

The New York Times Magazine published an article about the lackadaisical nature of today's 20-somethings. Turns out there's a gap between the way these young adults are living their lives and the way their parents hoped they'd lived their lives.

Twitter Movie Trailer

Above, is the trailer for the Twitter movie, which is a parody of the Facebook trailer.

Blood on the CBS Early Show

Check out this video of Harry Smith, anchor of the CBS Early Show, slicing his finger with a mandoline. (warning: it's a little gruesome). The action comes at approximately the 1:30 mark.

BP to collect millions in government funds for new power plant

According to an article by Will Evans of California Watch, Hydrogen Energy California LLC will receive 308 million dollars of stimulus funding to build a new hydrogen power plant in Tupman, CA.

How to cut an onion, with Rachael Narins

Chef Rachael Narins runs the "sustainable supper club", Chicks with Knives, in Los Angeles. She and her partner visit the homes of individuals and cook meals for groups of people who are part of the club.

Freaky Franco

Photo from flickr