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
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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Jay Z and Beyoncé Go Vegan with the 22 Day Challenge

Jay Z and Beyoncé Go Vegan with the 22 Day Challenge

When Al Gore went vegan, no one was particularly surprised that the long-time environmentalist aligned his diet with his convictions. But Jay Z and Beyoncé's decision to switch to plant-based

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More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

Across the globe, human beings are developing a strong taste for meat. A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that rapidly industrializing

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Michelin Launches ‘Bio Butterfly’ Program to Develop Greener Tires

Michelin Launches ‘Bio Butterfly’ Program to Develop Greener Tires

Last month, Michelin announced plans to develop alternatives to the synthetic, oil-based materials used in their tires. The company launched the program "Bio Butterfly" to investigate the

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New Inexpensive Technology Generates Electricity from Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic

New Inexpensive Technology Generates Electricity from Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic

Wallowing in traffic seems like an enormous waste of time and resources. But what if you could generate a little power during your daily commute? A Mexican entrepreneur has developed technology

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Study Estimates US Emits 50 Percent More Methane than EPA Claims

Study Estimates US Emits 50 Percent More Methane than EPA Claims

Cow photo via Shutterstock As a top industrialized nation, the United States is responsible for spewing a great deal of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. But a study published last week

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Artist Alex Chinneck’s Mind-bending Building Facade Slides to the Ground

Artist Alex Chinneck’s Mind-bending Building Facade Slides to the Ground

London-based artist Alex Chinneck creates spectacles that combine illusion, humor, and design. In his work entitled "From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes" he fabricated a facade

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SmartPlayhouses are Tiny Modern Recreation Spaces for Kids

SmartPlayhouses are Tiny Modern Recreation Spaces for Kids

SmartPlayhouses offer a departure from plastic, brightly-colored prefabricated forts. Made with birch plywood, acrylic windows, and steel, the modern designs are worthy recreational spaces for

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Will Buyers of Ancient Hawaiian Cloud Forest Harvest or Protect the Rare Koa Tree?

Will Buyers of Ancient Hawaiian Cloud Forest Harvest or Protect the Rare Koa Tree?

Shopping this holiday season for the millionaire who has everything? Perhaps they would enjoy a little slice of paradise in the Ohana Sanctuary on Hawaii's Big Island. The 3,127 acre plot

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UK Government Makes £90,000 Porsche Eligible for a Low-Carbon Grant

UK Government Makes £90,000 Porsche Eligible for a Low-Carbon Grant

How would you feel if your tax dollars were going to fund a £5,000 discount on a Porsche for the wealthy? UK citizens will now be able to receive a break on their £89,900 Panamera S E-Hybrid

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Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

Image of woman sitting on a toilet via Shutterstock Across the globe, access to clean water and renewable sources of energy are in constant demand and we have curated a slew of interesting

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Anna Dumitriu Decorates Textiles With Deadly Bacteria and Antobiotics

Anna Dumitriu Decorates Textiles With Deadly Bacteria and Antobiotics

Most people would cringe to think of deadly bacteria anywhere near their bodies. Artist Anna Dumitriu has bravely worked with microbiologists for the last two decades to create her textiles

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Emoya Estate’s Fake Shanty Town Offers a Totally Tasteless South African Vacation

Emoya Estate’s Fake Shanty Town Offers a Totally Tasteless South African Vacation

Mocked by Stephen Colbert as "poverty porn," the Shanty Town sits alongside Emoya's five-star lodgings. For about $98 a night, guests can pretend to live the rough life, relieving themselves in

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Shocking Animal Abuse Caught on Tape at Walmart Pork Supplier

Shocking Animal Abuse Caught on Tape at Walmart Pork Supplier

Throughout September and October, an undercover activist recorded footage at a former Tyson Foods farm in Oklahoma that is certain to turn your stomach and wrench your heart. The footage

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Blueshift Helium is the World’s First Wireless Supercapacitor-Powered Speaker

Blueshift Helium is the World’s First Wireless Supercapacitor-Powered Speaker

Electronics that rely on batteries have the disadvantage of succumbing to obsolescence once their charging and discharging cycles have reached their limit, but one firm is moving away from that

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133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

In Warsaw, 133 representatives from developing nations walked out of COP 19 climate negotiations. Their exit follows a refusal from industrialized countries such as the United States, Canada,

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American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

American TV Host Kills Lion, Enrages South African Public

Minnesota TV host of Winchester Deadly Passion, Melissa Bachman incurred the wrath of the global conservation community when she posted a tweet on November 13 depicting her triumphantly sitting

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NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

Good news! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assures the public that there is no giant island of radioactive trash headed for the United States. Earlier this month, several

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Scientists Believe Typhoon Haiyan Released Massive Amounts of CO2 into the Atmosphere

Scientists Believe Typhoon Haiyan Released Massive Amounts of CO2 into the Atmosphere

In addition to wreaking incredible human devastation, Typhoon Haiyan is predicted to have unleashed a huge amount of carbon into the atmosphere. A group of scientists recently published a study

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Recargo Releases Report Detailing the Habits of EV Drivers

Recargo Releases Report Detailing the Habits of EV Drivers

As the population of EV owners begins to grow, California-based software and service company Recargo is conducting research into their driving habits. Last week, the firm released

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V-Tex Makes Drinks Ice Cold in Under 45 Seconds

V-Tex Makes Drinks Ice Cold in Under 45 Seconds

Retailers and restaurants waste a ton of energy on refrigeration to keep beverages frosty cold for customers. This energy expense is so great that the European Union funded a project called

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Bangladesh Garment Workers to See Their Minimum Wage Pay Increase by 77 Percent

Bangladesh Garment Workers to See Their Minimum Wage Pay Increase by 77 Percent

Workers in Bangladesh's garment industry finally have some good news to celebrate. After several days of violent protests that forced the closure of 200 factories in the Ashulia industrial belt,

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US Officials Crush $10 billion Worth of ‘Blood Ivory’ to Send a Message to Poachers

US Officials Crush $10 billion Worth of ‘Blood Ivory’ to Send a Message to Poachers

Ivory photo from Shutterstock On Thursday, U.S. officials destroyed $10 billion worth of "blood ivory" at a rock crushing facility in Denver, Colorado. The 5.4 tons of confiscated material

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Workers at Tesla Plant Burned with Molten Metal

Workers at Tesla Plant Burned with Molten Metal

The Tesla Model S may be one of the safest cars on the road, but its California assembly plant is another story. Three workers at the factory were burned on Wednesday when a low-pressure casting

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Bendetto Bufalino Turns Old Police Car Into Deluxe Chicken Coop

Bendetto Bufalino Turns Old Police Car Into Deluxe Chicken Coop

What happens to chickens when they run a-fowl of the law? If they belong to French artist, Bendetto Burfalino, then the birds end up in a converted 1970's police car. Bendetto, known for his

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Dying Giant Sequoia Planted by John Muir Cloned by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Dying Giant Sequoia Planted by John Muir Cloned by the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Giant Sequoia tree image via Shutterstock Even the longest-lived, heartiest organisms on earth must eventually succumb to disease and death. Or do they? A team of horticulturalists at the

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