Morgana Matus

 

Morgana joins Inhabitat after graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies from Pitzer College and completing a Fulbright Hays Award in Norway in the field Environmental Ethics. Having trained at the San Francisco Clown Conservatory, she is excited to use her experience as performer and scientist to engage audiences and share her enthusiasm for the natural world. She currently resides in beautiful San Luis Obispo, California where she performs, writes, and makes terrible puns without any provocation.

Morgana Matus
The SkyHouse Features a 50-Foot Climbing Wall and 80-Foot Spiraling Slide in This NYC Penthouse

The SkyHouse Features a 50-Foot Climbing Wall and 80-Foot Spiraling Slide in This NYC Penthouse

There are some people who have so much energy they can practically climb the walls. The SkyHouse, designed by David Hotson must be meant for those folks.  The amazing four story abode features

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Miniature Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far Away Galaxies Into Your Home!

Miniature Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far Away Galaxies Into Your Home!

"Do or do not, there is no try," Yoda instructs Luke in Star Wars. Larson doesn't need to worry about trying to add a little extra wonder to an already fantastic idea. Larson's Minnesota -based

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Crazy Fliz Bike Trades Pedals for Foot Power

Crazy Fliz Bike Trades Pedals for Foot Power

Without pedals, gears, or a saddle, should the Fliz Bike be considered a bicycle at all? Part hang-glider, part Rube Goldberg device, the Fliz is composed of a lightweight frame that uses a

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Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new type of solar cell that uses multiple junctions instead of single subcells to gather the full spectrum of

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UK Architect Transforms Decrepit Public Bathroom Into Incredible Private Home

UK Architect Transforms Decrepit Public Bathroom Into Incredible Private Home

Clark first discovered the lavatories back in 2005. Having just completed a degree at the Glasgow School of Art, the young architect was looking for a unique challenge. "For me that’s about

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Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Thanks to a team of Harvard scientists, being called a "shrimp" will no longer amount to an insult. The University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering isolated chitin in the

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Researchers at Northwestern University just unveiled a new solar cell that can be manufactured for less money using fewer harmful elements. Inorganic chemist Mercouri G. Kanatzidis and Robert P.

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Scientists Harness the Power of 3D Printers in the Battle to Cure Cancer

Scientists Harness the Power of 3D Printers in the Battle to Cure Cancer

The fight to cure cancer exists in a three-dimensional world, but up until now scientists have had to make do with testing therapies in the flatlands of a petri dish. Now a team from Drexel

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Hand-Powered Golden Goose Gadget Scrambles Eggs Without Breaking the Shell

Hand-Powered Golden Goose Gadget Scrambles Eggs Without Breaking the Shell

To achieve the perfect egg, chefs and amateur cooks often labor with spatulas, forks, whisks and a host of other utensils. So inventor Geraint Krumpe of Y Line Product Design envisioned a much

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

After a ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan's whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one

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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth's history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the

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Scientists Build ‘Designer’ Brewer’s Yeast Chromosome From Scratch

Scientists Build ‘Designer’ Brewer’s Yeast Chromosome From Scratch

Humans are already capable of splicing specific genes from one organism into another to create glowing plants to shelf-stable tomatoes. Now, a group of researchers led by Jef Boeke from New York

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WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

Regardless of creed, ethnicity, or tax bracket, everyone must breathe the same air. This week, the World Health Organization announced that air pollution was responsible for seven million deaths

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The Easybreath Snorkel Mask Lets You Breathe Comfortably Through Your Nose Underwater

The Easybreath Snorkel Mask Lets You Breathe Comfortably Through Your Nose Underwater

Snorkelers know that the pleasures of discovering the ocean's beauty can be easily dampened by an ill-fitting, uncomfortable mask. To avoid the jaw-clenching, vision-fogging, strap-twisting

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Titanium Golf Clubs Could be Responsible for Igniting California Wildfires

Titanium Golf Clubs Could be Responsible for Igniting California Wildfires

Golfers who land shots into the rough may be igniting more than foul tempers, a string of expletives, and poor scores. According to scientists from UC Irvine, titanium golf clubs that come in

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Oceana Report Reveals the Horrifying Cost of By-Catch in US Fisheries

Oceana Report Reveals the Horrifying Cost of By-Catch in US Fisheries

The human appetite for fish has caused a great deal of trouble for the well-being of the world's oceans. A single animal on your dinner plate can translate into hundreds of pounds of "by-catch"

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The Open Tree of Life Project Uses Web-Based Software to Record the Earth’s 1.8 Million Named Species

The Open Tree of Life Project Uses Web-Based Software to Record the Earth’s 1.8 Million Named Species

Photo from Shutterstock Since the dawn of time, humans have sought to name and catalog the plants and animals around them. The adoption of a common taxonomic system from naturalist Carolus

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New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

For years, scientists and social activists have warned that income inequality, resource depletion, and unchecked population growth could lead to the collapse of civilization. However policy

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Nepal May Lease Unclimbed Himalayan Peaks to Private Companies

Nepal May Lease Unclimbed Himalayan Peaks to Private Companies

Since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's famous ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953, the mountain has seen a flood of climbers looking to follow in their icy tracks. While the influx of

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BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

While human activists protest the fossil fuel industry on land, some underwater residents are taking matters into their own fins. In early February, BP had to reduce exports of Angolan Plutonio

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Crop-Ravaging Worm Evolves to Eat Bioengineered Corn

Crop-Ravaging Worm Evolves to Eat Bioengineered Corn

In a giant case of "we told you so", a group of scientists from Iowa State University published a report this week citing evidence that corn rootworms have evolved to become resistant to

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European Union Approves Universal Cell Phone Charger Law, Cutting 51,000 Tons of E-Waste Every Year

European Union Approves Universal Cell Phone Charger Law, Cutting 51,000 Tons of E-Waste Every Year

Image via Shutterstock Chances are, if you have owned more than one mobile phone in your life there is a drawer in your home dedicated to a collection of defunct chargers. In order to cut

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San Francisco’s Castro District to Install Rainbow Crosswalks

San Francisco’s Castro District to Install Rainbow Crosswalks

San Francisco's Castro district has long been famous for its vibrant LGBT community, its commitment to civil rights, and its fabulous festivals. Last week, a spokeswoman from the Castro/Upper

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Report Exposes How Marijuana Cultivation Leads to Environmental Devastation

Report Exposes How Marijuana Cultivation Leads to Environmental Devastation

In the wake of Washington and Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana, concerned cannabis users are beginning to realize that their high comes at a price to the planet. In an enormous

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Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

In developing countries that lack electricity or the funds to buy expensive machines, taking care of laundry the old-fashioned way requires an enormous amount of time and effort.  That's why

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Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

Since the famous Montreal Protocol banning CFC's and HCFC's was signed in 1987, the public seems to have largely forgotten about the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. However scientists

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Climate Change Will Lead to More Cases of Malaria in Africa and South America as Temperatures Rise

Climate Change Will Lead to More Cases of Malaria in Africa and South America as Temperatures Rise

As the earth warms, people all over the world will have to adjust to deal with rising sea levels, droughts, storms, and wildfires. Those living in Africa and South America may also have to

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Chipotle May Drop Guacamole From its Menu Due to Climate Change

Chipotle May Drop Guacamole From its Menu Due to Climate Change

Mexican fast food chain Chipotle dropped a green bombshell this week when it announced that it may have to remove guacamole from its menu. Citing the effect of climate change on the price and

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New Nepalese Law Requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Shocking Garbage

New Nepalese Law Requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Shocking Garbage

Campers, hikers, and climbers should all follow a "Leave No Trace" approach when exploring the great outdoors. Unfortunately for Mt. Everest, a lack of this ethic has resulted in the famous peak

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Could a Newly Developed Magnetic Material Revolutionize Electronics?

Could a Newly Developed Magnetic Material Revolutionize Electronics?

This week at the American Physical Society meeting in Denver, engineers were introduced to a new magnetic material could revolutionize the electronics industry. Professor Ivan Schuller from the

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