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

Cassini turns dangerous orbit to unlock Saturn's rings

All it takes is impact with something the size of a pebble to destroy delicate equipment, so Cassini had to protect herself.

Scientists think they've figured out how Zika got to Florida

No herd immunity, a large concentration of aedes aegypti mosquitoes and travel back and forth to Latin America were all likely contributors to the Zika outbreak in Florida.

How the Trump budget could affect NASA's JPL

If the budget passes as is, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will feel some cuts but gain some additional funds for planetary exploration.

Lucy Jones’s doomsday earthquake scenarios will terrify you — that’s the point

"If you are in the Coachella Valley, Don’t plan on getting to L.A. anytime after the earthquake, unless you have some way of flying."

Lake Tahoe’s future is murky — like its water

In the summer of 2016, the lake's water clarity declined by nearly a quarter. The culprit? Geoff Schladow says it's climate change

Cassini's quest: What a lonely probe is teaching us about Saturn

About 750 million miles away from home, after almost 20 years, one of NASA's oldest spacecrafts is approaching a fiery, but fitting end.

LA County struggles to shut down illegal pot shops

Throughout California there’s a rush for localities to establish rules for legal pot. But you don't need to look any further than L.A. County to see how things could potentially not work out.

LA County details struggle to shut down illegal marijuana dispensaries

Medical marijuana dispensaries have been barred from unincorporated L.A. County since 2011, but there's no shortage of them.

Patients who need transplants turned away for smoking pot

Those in need of transplants are being turned away for smoking pot, people are being sent to jail for shipping weed across state lines and California is trying to reckon with its confusing pot laws.

HighQ: California leads North America in marijuana sales

Analysts estimate that Californians bought $1.8 billion worth of legal marijuana in 2016 and that the broader market could surpass that for wine.

Should the pot industry look like the alcohol industry?

In Sacramento right now there's a debate over how marijuana gets from farm to table.

Weed-smoking tourist barred from US

On a trip to Colorado from Chile, Sarah smoked some pot. Later, when she tried to visit her boyfriend in the U.S., she was told that she was being barred from the country.

With Measure M, LA takes major step toward regulating marijuana

The new law cements the city council's power to regulate the marijuana industry, sets up a new tax structure, promises punishment for violators and more.

What if Sessions tries dismantling California's pot industry?

Do Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent comment indicate whether he'll attempt to shut down California's marijuana industry? Here's what could happen.

HighQ: Cashing in on California's cannabis boom

The number one question that I've gotten over the past six months while covering the marijuana industry is, "How can I make money off of 'the green rush'?"