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
Climate Change Forces Polar Bears to Consume More Contaminants

Climate Change Forces Polar Bears to Consume More Contaminants

Polar bear photo from Shutterstock A recent study found that the East Greenlandic population of polar bears is being exposed to more contaminants in their diet. As Arctic ice melts, polar

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New Water Filter Can Detect Deadly E.Coli Within a Matter of Minutes Instead of Hours

New Water Filter Can Detect Deadly E.Coli Within a Matter of Minutes Instead of Hours

When scientists test a water supply for deadly pathogens like E.coli bacteria, every second counts. A team of engineers at the University of Alberta have developed a new filter that can detect

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George W. Bush Library Gets a “Climate Hero Award” for Achieving LEED Platinum Status

George W. Bush Library Gets a “Climate Hero Award” for Achieving LEED Platinum Status

In an ironic turn of events, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum received a "Climate Hero Award" from California Senator Barbara Boxer on Monday. While the architects who designed

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Half of World’s Coral Reefs Destroyed in Last 30 Years, According to New Survey

Half of World’s Coral Reefs Destroyed in Last 30 Years, According to New Survey

Half of the world's coral reefs have been destroyed over the past three decades, according to a recent Catlin Seaview Survey (CSS). In a race to document their decline, the CSS teamed up with

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The FarmBot is a Fully-Automated Open-Source Farming Machine

The FarmBot is a Fully-Automated Open-Source Farming Machine

Since time immemorial, farmers have benefited from sharing knowledge with one another, and The FarmBot makes that easier than ever to do. Designed by California engineer Rory Landon Aronson,

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Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

To understand the world's changing climate, scientists often look to tree cores and ice samples. For a record of ocean pollutants, researchers are beginning to turn to whale ear wax. Since

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Diamond Tooth Taxidermy “Recycles” Dead Animals Into Haute Couture Pieces

Diamond Tooth Taxidermy “Recycles” Dead Animals Into Haute Couture Pieces

During her time as a window dresser, founder of Diamond Tooth Taxidermy Beth Beverly would see birds hit the glass and fall to their demise. Passersby would hardly give the lifeless bodies a

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MIT Engineers Create Indestructible, Guaranteed Theft-Proof Bike Lights

MIT Engineers Create Indestructible, Guaranteed Theft-Proof Bike Lights

For thieves, an unsecured bike light is a terribly tempting (and very low-hanging) fruit. After getting sick of having their gear stolen, a team of MIT engineers formed the Fortified Bicycle

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat Leads to 23,000 Deaths Each Year

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat Leads to 23,000 Deaths Each Year

Image via Shutterstock According to a new report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, antibiotic resistance in factory meat production contributes to

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“Clean Water” is a Natural Plant-Based System that can Inexpensively Remove Arsenic from the Environment

“Clean Water” is a Natural Plant-Based System that can Inexpensively Remove Arsenic from the Environment

The World Health Organization states that arsenic is responsible for one of the largest mass poisonings in human history, causing cancer in over 1.2 million people and sickening 150 million

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Bee Extinct in the UK Since the 1980s Now Buzzing Back into the Country

Bee Extinct in the UK Since the 1980s Now Buzzing Back into the Country

The short-haired bumblebee has been absent from the UK countryside since the 1980's. During the six decades before its disappearance, the insect's population plummeted due to the loss of

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Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Scientists Create Software to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Australia

Levels of nitrous oxide are difficult to measure in agricultural sites across Australia due to their scattered nature. So scientists from the Queensland University of Technology have created

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Award-Winning Biomason Grows Bricks from Sand and Bacteria to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Award-Winning Biomason Grows Bricks from Sand and Bacteria to Reduce CO2 Emissions

It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt - however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to

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The OrCam is a “Google Glass”- Like Device That Aids the Visually Impaired

The OrCam is a “Google Glass”- Like Device That Aids the Visually Impaired

Thanks to a company based in Israel, the visually impaired now have a means to become more independent. The OrCam is a device that can be mounted on a pair of glasses and point out objects,

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J. Crew Salvages Hurricane Damaged Wood for Runway During Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week

J. Crew Salvages Hurricane Damaged Wood for Runway During Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week

While J.Crew's bold colors and tailored lines may have been wowing the audience during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, it was the runway that stole the show. Created from wood salvaged from

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The FreeBike Project Leases Bikes to Students at No Cost

The FreeBike Project Leases Bikes to Students at No Cost

After paying for tuition, books and accommodation throughout college, the word "free" sounds like sweet music to the ears of any student. The FreeBike Project not only allow students on campuses

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Air Pollution Worsened by Climate Change Could Kill 100,000 People Every Year

Air Pollution Worsened by Climate Change Could Kill 100,000 People Every Year

Image via Shutterstock. A study published this month in the journal Climatic Change asserts that 100,000 adults could lose their lives annually as a result of air pollution made worse by

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223,000 Gallons of Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor Killing Thousands of Fish

223,000 Gallons of Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor Killing Thousands of Fish

This week Matson Inc, spilled 223,000 gallons of molasses into waters near Honolulu's Sand Island as the syrupy liquid was being transferred onto a container ship. According to the state Health

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Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins

Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins

Photo via Shutterstock Imagine experiencing a noise so loud that it could cause not only disorientation, but also physical trauma and brain bleeding, as well as bubbles that form in your

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LeftoverSwap is an App that Lets You Share Unwanted Food

LeftoverSwap is an App that Lets You Share Unwanted Food

No matter how valiant the attempt, sometimes it is just impossible to finish that last helping of casserole for dinner. Instead of letting perfectly good food languish in the fridge, the

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WAMO Studio Transforms a Walk-In Ice Cream Freezer Into a Cool New Office

WAMO Studio Transforms a Walk-In Ice Cream Freezer Into a Cool New Office

A hot architecture firm in New Mexico recently transformed a walk-in ice cream freezer into a cool repurposed office! WAMO Studio architects Vahid Mojarrab and Carol Ware recently moved into an

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Plant-Based Egg Substitute Backed by Bill Gates Goes on Sale at Whole Foods

Plant-Based Egg Substitute Backed by Bill Gates Goes on Sale at Whole Foods

Tech giants Peter Thiel and Bill Gates introduced a revolutionary new product to the public this week, and it had nothing to do with computers or software. Beyond Eggs from Hampton Creek Foods

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Hankook’s Revolutionary Airless i-Flex Tire is Puncture-Proof and 95% Recyclable

Hankook’s Revolutionary Airless i-Flex Tire is Puncture-Proof and 95% Recyclable

Unlike the automobile, the pneumatic car tire has undergone little innovation over the past 100 years. Now Korean manufacturer Hankook is giving the humble wheel a makeover with the i-Flex, an

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Shell to Pay $1.1 Million Fine for Arctic Drilling in Violation of the Clean Air Act

Shell to Pay $1.1 Million Fine for Arctic Drilling in Violation of the Clean Air Act

In March, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that Shell will not be allowed to return to the Arctic to explore for oil until they improve their equipment. Their efforts to extract

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Greenpeace Unveils the World’s Largest Polar Bear – And It’s Bigger Than a Double-Decker Bus!

Greenpeace Unveils the World’s Largest Polar Bear – And It’s Bigger Than a Double-Decker Bus!

The three-ton marionette was created by Christopher Kelly and will be operated by  a team of over 15 puppeteers from the inside. 30 volunteers will help to haul the bear through London on a

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LEGO Introduces Female Scientist in Their Minifigures Series 11 Collection

LEGO Introduces Female Scientist in Their Minifigures Series 11 Collection

Image via Maia Weinstock. There are some new Minifigures on the LEGO block, and they love to study science. While this may not seem like an unusual departure from the toy's regular line of

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Recipients for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Named for 2013

Recipients for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Named for 2013

In Lisbon on Friday, five recipients were named for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Established back in 1977, the prize divides $1 million amongst the architects. Given every three years,

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Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

One rhino is killed every 11 hours in Africa, and of the 20,000 rhinos that lived in Kenya in 1969, just over 500 remain. To help keep tabs on the remaining individuals, Cambridge Consultants

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ZA Architects Propose an Underground Colony on Mars

ZA Architects Propose an Underground Colony on Mars

While ZA Architects acknowledges that current technologies are not sufficient to carry out their plans, they believe that robotics will advance enough by 2023 to fabricate the underground

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Schools Institute ‘Heat Days’ to Protect Kids from Soaring Classroom Temperatures

Schools Institute ‘Heat Days’ to Protect Kids from Soaring Classroom Temperatures

Image via Shutterstock. Snow days force school closures due to heaps of snow and ice - and now rising temperatures across the country are forcing some schools to institute "heat days." As the

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