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
Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Bees have been vital partners in human agriculture for centuries thanks to their role as crop pollinators. However pesticides used to kill other species of insects have wreaked havoc on their

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California Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Drought

California Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Drought

While many parts of the East coast and Midwest are covered in ice and snow, California is suffering from a severe drought and record-breaking high temperatures. A high pressure system spanning

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Mother Photographs the Close Bonds Between Her Sons and Animal Friends on Their Idyllic Farm

Mother Photographs the Close Bonds Between Her Sons and Animal Friends on Their Idyllic Farm

Mother and photographer Elena Shumilova may have one of the world's most enchanting family albums. Her work captures the interactions between her two young boys and their bonds with the animals

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Bacteria-Filled Pills Could Become the Newest Treatment for a Host of Diseases

Bacteria-Filled Pills Could Become the Newest Treatment for a Host of Diseases

For many who grew up in an age filled with germ-killing soaps and chemical disinfectants, "bacteria" is a dirty word. However new research suggests that promoting the growth of certain strains

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Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

As if urban encroachment and poachers were not bad enough, India's tigers now must contend with a deadly virus for their survival. Canine distemper, a disease commonly found in domestic dog

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10 Easy and Delicious Vegan Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

10 Easy and Delicious Vegan Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

A busy daily schedule doesn't have to mean sacrificing a balanced diet or flavor. With a slow cooker, you can toss in your ingredients, set the timer, and come back hours later to a hot and

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Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Every animal is the end result of millions of years of evolution, and when you remove particular species entire ecosystems become vulnerable to instability. An international team of scientists

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Colorado Sushi Restaurant Offers Pot-Pairing Menu

Colorado Sushi Restaurant Offers Pot-Pairing Menu

Colorado's recent legalization of recreational marijuana has brought about some strange new changes, including the Denver Post hiring a cannabis critic and realtors catering to out-of-state

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Onewheel by Future Motion is a Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard that Lets You Glide Over the Pavement

Onewheel by Future Motion is a Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard that Lets You Glide Over the Pavement

For years, bicycles have received various electric upgrades, so why not the skateboard? The Palo Alto-based team at Future Motion decided it was time to give the skateboard a high-tech makeover

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Icelandic Brewery Slammed for Making Beer Containing Whale Meat

Icelandic Brewery Slammed for Making Beer Containing Whale Meat

Image via Shutterstock Of the ingredients that go into making a great beer, dead whale is probably not the first that comes to mind. Marine mammal conservationists agree, and they have

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All Intel Microprocessors Will be Conflict-Free Starting Today

All Intel Microprocessors Will be Conflict-Free Starting Today

When you buy an electronic device, it is almost impossible to know whether or not it has been made with materials that fuel social unrest, violence, and corruption in areas like the Democratic

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The TABBY is a DIY Open Source Electric Vehicle that Can be Assembled in Less Than an Hour

The TABBY is a DIY Open Source Electric Vehicle that Can be Assembled in Less Than an Hour

Imagine owning an electric vehicle that you can assemble yourself in less time than it takes to put together an IKEA entertainment center. In an effort to make cars more accessible, affordable,

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The NSA Wants to Cool Data Snoop Centers with Americans’ Poop

The NSA Wants to Cool Data Snoop Centers with Americans’ Poop

Image via Shutterstock The US National Security Agency has received a lot of criticism for monitoring the public's actions and violating their privacy. Now, it turns out, they not only want

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Presenting the Winners of the 2013 Ecouterre Readers’ Choice Awards!

Presenting the Winners of the 2013 Ecouterre Readers’ Choice Awards!

Another year of inspiring, bizarre, and truly emotional fashion stories has come and gone. You cast your ballot for the most popular Ecouterre articles of 2013, and the votes have been counted!

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Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Watch any nature special or visit an aquarium, and chances are you will be amazed by the intelligence, adaptability, and beauty of the cuttlefish. Part of the class Cephalopoda, these amazing

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The 7 Most Deplorable Fashion Stories of the Year (Vote for the Most Horrifying)

The 7 Most Deplorable Fashion Stories of the Year (Vote for the Most Horrifying)

While the trend towards sustainable fashion is gathering steam, there still remains a gigantic industry that encourages some incredibly devastating practices. From major building collapses in

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Mindblowing Snowflake Pictures Captured with a DIY Camera

Mindblowing Snowflake Pictures Captured with a DIY Camera

Kljatov used his DIY camera to take breathtakingly crisp photographs of snowflakes against different backgrounds. He uses either glass back-lit by an LED flashlight, or dark woolen fabrics to

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PETA Gives Away Fur Coats This Winter in Detroit

PETA Gives Away Fur Coats This Winter in Detroit

Photo by Shutterstock PETA is giving away fur coats this winter. Yet, why would an organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals allow these garments back on the streets? This

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Futuristic Headset Translates Your Dog’s Thoughts Into Human Language

Futuristic Headset Translates Your Dog’s Thoughts Into Human Language

For centuries, man has tried to communicate with his canine companions through commands, gestures, and best guesses. Now a team of designers from the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery

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Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

It's not easy to break down compounds such as mineral oils, paints, and organic solvents in wastewater, but a group from Germany believe they have found a way. To remove these tricky materials

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The Morpholio Project Releases the Trace 2.0 App for Digital Creative Collaboration

The Morpholio Project Releases the Trace 2.0 App for Digital Creative Collaboration

Digital tools work best when they allow for ease of use, collaboration, and creativity. The Morpholio Project recently announced the release of Trace 2.0, an update to their original concept

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Luminous Saltygloo Pavilion 3D-Printed From Sea Salt!

Luminous Saltygloo Pavilion 3D-Printed From Sea Salt!

Created by Emerging Objects founders, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the Saltygloo is an artistic experiment in using 3D printing technology and additive manufacturing techniques to turn

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Earth Could be Two Times More Sensitive to CO2 Than Previously Thought

Earth Could be Two Times More Sensitive to CO2 Than Previously Thought

Image via Shutterstock As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere rise, scientists are grappling with a mountain of data to form an accurate picture of the future. Scientists from the Geological

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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Humanity just found an incredibly valuable resource hidden under the ocean floor, and it's more precious than fossil fuels or minerals. Scientists discovered vast aquifers of fresh water

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Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2

Scientists Discover New Greenhouse Gas 7,000 Times More Potent than CO2

If you thought CO2 and methane were contenders for the most destructive greenhouse gases on the planet, then you will be shocked to learn that researchers have discovered another chemical that

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UpSki Snow Parachute Ditches the Chairlifts for an Adrenaline-Filled Trip Up the Mountain

UpSki Snow Parachute Ditches the Chairlifts for an Adrenaline-Filled Trip Up the Mountain

For some winter sports fanatics, sitting on a chairlift is wasted time that could be better spent dominating the slopes. A team of designers in Colorado have invented the UpSki to offer skiers a

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HOW TO: Make Delicious Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread for the Holidays

HOW TO: Make Delicious Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread for the Holidays

The holiday season is not complete without a warm, spicy-sweet plate full of gingerbread cookies. To make sure you satisfy everyone’s wish list, follow this simple recipe to make vegan,

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The Voxan Wattman is the World’s Most Powerful Electric Motorcycle

The Voxan Wattman is the World’s Most Powerful Electric Motorcycle

The new Voxan Wattman is the world's most powerful electric motorcycle - and it may just be the greenest adrenaline rush on the road. The bike can reach 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds, it's capable

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Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

When teams from around the world battle it out on the field for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, spectators and athletes alike will also have to contend with the specter of dengue fever. The

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Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

Drones have become infamous for their use as weapons, but a far more altruistic purpose awaits these unmanned robots. Scientists from the Surfzone Coastal Oil Pathways Experiment are set to

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