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
Fumes From Sriracha Plant Burn Eyes, Noses and Throats in Irwindale, California

Fumes From Sriracha Plant Burn Eyes, Noses and Throats in Irwindale, California

If you are one of the millions of fans who accompany every meal with a bottle of Sriracha, now may be the time to stock up on the flaming hot condiment. The city of Irwindale, California is

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Could Jerky Treats be Poisoning Thousands of Dogs Throughout the States?

Could Jerky Treats be Poisoning Thousands of Dogs Throughout the States?

The FDA is asking pet owners to report any issues with jerky dog treats, as thousands of dogs and at least ten cats have become sick after eating the treats over the past several years. The FDA

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Motorola’s New Modular Smartphone Could Keep People from Buying New Phones Every Year

Motorola’s New Modular Smartphone Could Keep People from Buying New Phones Every Year

Motorola is revolutionizing the smartphone industry with a new modular device that would make it unnecessary to buy a new phone every two years. Putting hardware in the hands of third party

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Safari Club Auctions Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino – for Sake of Conservation!?

Safari Club Auctions Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino – for Sake of Conservation!?

If you’re trying to preserve a severely endangered animal, it’s obviously not the best idea to hunt it for sport. But in a bizarre twist of logic, the Dallas Safari Club has decided to

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Scientists Develop the World’s First Method to Comprehensively Recycle Footwear

Scientists Develop the World’s First Method to Comprehensively Recycle Footwear

Scientists from Loughborough University have made great strides in the effort to recycle old footwear. Their process will soon make it possible to put a sizable dent in the billions of shoes

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Aqualibrium: Miniature Modular Ecosystem Grows Fresh Vegetables Indoors

Aqualibrium: Miniature Modular Ecosystem Grows Fresh Vegetables Indoors

The Aqualibrium is a closed-loop aquaponics system that offers city dwellers and renters an exciting new way to join the urban farming movement. The system incorporates plants, fish, and LED

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Jason Ruff Fashions Cool Sneakers from Recycled Cigarette Cartons

Jason Ruff Fashions Cool Sneakers from Recycled Cigarette Cartons

Branding is an art that disguises human desire and indulgence as necessity. To this end, artist Jason Ruff constructs high-end sneakers reminiscent of the 80's and 90's out of cigarette cartons

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Scientists Find Gold in the Leaves of Australian Eucalyptus Trees!

Scientists Find Gold in the Leaves of Australian Eucalyptus Trees!

For the first time, scientists have found gold naturally incorporated into a living organism. Published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific

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Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

The BFI has just named New York-based Ecovative Design as their top prize winner for the prestigious 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The company will receive $100,000 to further develop their

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Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Machines Recycle Small Scale Waste

Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Machines Recycle Small Scale Waste

When Design Academy Eindhoven graduate student Dave Hakkens learned that only ten percent of discarded plastic is actually recycled, he decided to create "Precious Plastic," an open-source

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Dazzling STARPATH Pavement Lights Up the Night With Stored Solar Energy

Dazzling STARPATH Pavement Lights Up the Night With Stored Solar Energy

UK-based company Pro-Teq has developed a glow-in-the-dark product called "STARPATH" that can be applied to virtually any pavement surface to provide energy-free lighting once night falls. The

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Study Finds National Park Ecosystems Threatened by Nutrient Pollution

Study Finds National Park Ecosystems Threatened by Nutrient Pollution

National parks are protected by the federal government and carefully managed, so it's easy to assume that they're safe from the harm of human activity. Unfortunately, new research shows that

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Journalist Goes Undercover to Document Life as a Worker in a Bangladesh Sweatshop

Journalist Goes Undercover to Document Life as a Worker in a Bangladesh Sweatshop

When you buy a piece of clothing, chances are high that you purchasing the work of someone living in Bangladesh. Journalist, Raveena Aulakh decided to go undercover as an employee in a

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Adorable BMO LEGO Computer Brings Adventure Time to Your Desktop

Adorable BMO LEGO Computer Brings Adventure Time to Your Desktop

Adventure Time's Finn and Jake are lucky to have a trusty friend in their computational companion BMO, and now builder Michael Thomas has brought the little charismatic console to life with

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BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel Turns Vintage Trailers and Railcars into Quirky Accommodations

BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel Turns Vintage Trailers and Railcars into Quirky Accommodations

Each of the vintage units are decorated to a theme by a professional interior designer possessing a background in film and TV sets. Lodgers can choose from 120 bed spots across 15 caravans

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Levi’s ‘Make Our Mark’ Campaign Transforms Vintage Tech into Web-Enabled Devices

Levi’s ‘Make Our Mark’ Campaign Transforms Vintage Tech into Web-Enabled Devices

Each of the antique items were redesigned to communicate with a web interface. Raspberry Pi was chosen to be the brains inside the pieces, and everything was programmed in Python. Wi-fi modules

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Monsanto Hires Former Senator Blanche Lincoln as Washington Lobbyist

Monsanto Hires Former Senator Blanche Lincoln as Washington Lobbyist

If a senator fails to win a reelection bid, all hope of a political career is not lost. Like former Arkansas Democrat Sen. Blanche Lincoln, they can open their own lobbying group and attract big

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14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun ‘Jazzy Recycling’ Mobile App

14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun ‘Jazzy Recycling’ Mobile App

Photo via Shutterstock To Zea Tongeman, being a tech-geek doesn't mean hiding in a room typing code into a computer for hours on end. Instead, this ambitious teenager is the designer of a

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Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

As Japan readies for the 2020 Olympic Games, a group of concerned activists is calling into question the safety of Tokyo's proposed venues. The Citizens' Group for Measuring Radioactive

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Virginia Students Reject All-Beef Burgers and Demand Return of Processed Fake Meat Patties

Virginia Students Reject All-Beef Burgers and Demand Return of Processed Fake Meat Patties

Photo via Shutterstock For most restaurants across the country, claiming an all-beef burger patty is a brag-worthy selling point. Even so, students in Virginia have have made it clear that

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Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

Humpback Whales in Madagascar, photo by Marco Zanferrari on Flickr Fleets of seafaring vessels have used sonar mapping to gain a clear picture of the ocean for years - however recently there

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Click & Grow Introduces Internet-Controlled Smart Farm for Urban Agriculture

Click & Grow Introduces Internet-Controlled Smart Farm for Urban Agriculture

California-based company Click & Grow makes urban farming easy for even the least savvy green thumbs. Their electronic smart pots monitor plants and use a proprietary growth medium that

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Scientists Turn Problematic Plastic Bags Into a High-Tech Nanomaterial

Scientists Turn Problematic Plastic Bags Into a High-Tech Nanomaterial

Non-biodegradable plastic bags are the scourge of landfills and picturesque landscapes everywhere. Scientists at the University of Adelaide in Australia have invented a process to transform the

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6 Ways to Enjoy End-of-Season Tomatoes Throughout the Whole Year

6 Ways to Enjoy End-of-Season Tomatoes Throughout the Whole Year

A ripe, juicy tomato represents all of the joys of summer. Beautiful, tasty, and a great source of vitamins, these members of the nightshade family are stars in a myriad of dishes. As their

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World’s First Floating Apartment Complex to Begin Construction in 2014!

World’s First Floating Apartment Complex to Begin Construction in 2014!

For centuries, the Dutch have manipulated the landscape to move water away from their dwellings. Instead of battling the elements, Netherlands-based firm Waterstudio just announced plans to

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Russia Charges 14 Greenpeace Activists With Piracy for Activism in the Arctic

Russia Charges 14 Greenpeace Activists With Piracy for Activism in the Arctic

The Russian government announced on Wednesday that they would be charging 14 Greenpeace activists with piracy for their activism in the Arctic. Two weeks ago, a group of 30 people staged a

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Otis & Eleanor Launch Beautiful Bamboo ‘Bongo’ Speaker on Kickstarter

Otis & Eleanor Launch Beautiful Bamboo ‘Bongo’ Speaker on Kickstarter

Nothing rocks harder than sustainability. That is why Otis & Eleanor teamed up with designer Megan Sebold to create a lightweight bluetooth speaker set made from one of the fastest growing

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Japanese Fast Food Chain to Grow Crops 60 Miles From Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Japanese Fast Food Chain to Grow Crops 60 Miles From Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Fast food chain Yoshinoya Holdings has announced plans to grow rice, cabbage, and onions a mere 100 km (60 miles) away from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The company is known for

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Artists Resurrect a Drive-in Movie Theater With Old Cars and Salvaged Materials

Artists Resurrect a Drive-in Movie Theater With Old Cars and Salvaged Materials

The Empire Drive-in was originally created to showcase Todd Chandler's film, Flood Tide. The artists wanted a venue that reflected the story's overall themes of creative reuse and finding value

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Shell Pulls Out of Oil-Shale Project in Colorado After Spending Millions in Exploration

Shell Pulls Out of Oil-Shale Project in Colorado After Spending Millions in Exploration

Royal Dutch Shell PLC recently joined Chevron in its abandonment of oil-shale projects in Colorado. After spending nearly $30 million in exploration, the company decided to leave the Western

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