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
Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Image via Shutterstock A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The culmination of over six years' effort by

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The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

Thousands of firefighters have descended upon the "Rim Fire" blazing in Yosemite National Park. A new online tool launched by Southern California radio station KPCC allows visitors to monitor

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The Uji Shower Head Lets You Know When You are Taking Too Long in the Bathroom

The Uji Shower Head Lets You Know When You are Taking Too Long in the Bathroom

Standing under a relaxing stream of hot water, it can be easy to forget how long you are taking in the shower. Time becomes warped in a combination of suds and steam, making it difficult to keep

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South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

  Image via Shutterstock. If you were to guess what feature South Florida was desperately lacking, sand would probably not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, the

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Economists Debate Whether the McDonald’s Hamburger is the Most Nutritious and Inexpensive Food in Human History

Economists Debate Whether the McDonald’s Hamburger is the Most Nutritious and Inexpensive Food in Human History

Fast food offers a cheap and calorie-rich option to fill your stomach, but can it be considered the "most bountiful food" of all time? The Freakonomics authors and radio broadcasters are asking

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The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

Doing laundry can be aggravating enough without having to worry about quarters, hauling heavy loads, and wasting energy. The Laundry Pod from StoreBound avoids the stress of laundromats by

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Petition Asks the White House to Install a Visible Clothes Line

Petition Asks the White House to Install a Visible Clothes Line

The Obamas have already installed solar panels on the roof of the White House and planted an organic garden. A new petition from Project Laundry List is urging the First Family to set up a

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‘Zombie’ Pigeons are Falling from the Sky in Moscow

‘Zombie’ Pigeons are Falling from the Sky in Moscow

Living in a big city is difficult enough without having to worry about walking outside and getting hit in the face with a dying pigeon. The Russian capital of Moscow has become inundated with

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The US is Banned From Exporting Garbage to China Through the ‘Green Fence Initiative’

The US is Banned From Exporting Garbage to China Through the ‘Green Fence Initiative’

Photo via Shutterstock The US has a big trash problem. How big is it? So big that the country has to export rubbish to other nations in order to control the incredible volume of stuff tossed

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The HOT Smart Watch Transforms Your Hand into a Mobile Phone Receiver

The HOT Smart Watch Transforms Your Hand into a Mobile Phone Receiver

If you make calls on a Bluetooth headset, you may have noticed that every once in a while passersby may throw you a quizzical look before realizing you are talking to another human being instead

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The BFI Announces the 2013 Semi-Finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The BFI Announces the 2013 Semi-Finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

This week the Buckminster Fuller Institute announced the 19 semi-finalists that will take part in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The competition recognizes projects that solve some of

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Study Finds Even Carnivores are Buying More Meat Subsitutes

Study Finds Even Carnivores are Buying More Meat Subsitutes

Image via Shutterstock. A recent study by Mintel shows that it's not just vegetarians who enjoy meat substitutes on their plates. As meat becomes more expensive and global demands grows,

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Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

As the sea level rises and storms become more intense due to the effects of climate change, a new study predicts that damage to coastal cities will cost $1 trillion every year by 2050. The

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Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

Anyone with a mobile device has likely experienced the frustration of having to be reliant on a battery. The charge never lasts long enough, and finding a source of electricity on the run is a

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9 Amazing Wearble Technologies That Will Make You Feel Like a Superhero

9 Amazing Wearble Technologies That Will Make You Feel Like a Superhero

Ever wish you could deflect bullets with your chest or increase your physical endurance? Scientists are hot on the trail of creating wearable technologies that will allow the human body to

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Artist Natsuko Kogure Creates Over 600 Colorful Octopi From Recycled Newspaper

Artist Natsuko Kogure Creates Over 600 Colorful Octopi From Recycled Newspaper

Kogure recently exhibited over 600 of her bright, whimsical octopi at Gallery Le Bain. Each of her marvelous mollusks is composed of recycled newspaper and carries a unique expression, color

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The Electricity-Free Biobulb Uses Bacteria to Glow in the Dark

The Electricity-Free Biobulb Uses Bacteria to Glow in the Dark

Technology has come a long way since Edison patented the light bulb back in 1880. A group of undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are launching a project to crowdfund the

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MakerBot’s New Digitizer 3d Scanner Set to Hit the Market Next Week

MakerBot’s New Digitizer 3d Scanner Set to Hit the Market Next Week

MakerBot is already a household name in the 3D printing community, and their next invention will make it easier than ever to create 3d printed objects. According to Engadget, the company is

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The Ienami Bonkei Planter is a Green-Roofed Cityscape for Your Desk

The Ienami Bonkei Planter is a Green-Roofed Cityscape for Your Desk

For those trapped in an office who yearn to gaze upon a bucolic landscape, the Ienami Bonkei Planter by Japanese designer Chiaki Murata is the perfect desk accessory. Bonkei is the art of

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Study Finds a Three-Decade Decline in the Reflectivity of Arctic Sea Ice

Study Finds a Three-Decade Decline in the Reflectivity of Arctic Sea Ice

Photo via Shutterstock The reflection of solar radiation by Arctic sea ice is critical to maintaining an overall stable global temperature. This phenomenon, known as "albedo," has decreased

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Police Officer Saves Nearly 100 Baby Sea Turtles in Florida

Police Officer Saves Nearly 100 Baby Sea Turtles in Florida

Police officers are sworn to serve and protect the members of their community. For some cops, this extends even to the non-human residents under their watch. As he was patrolling the Lido Beach

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UOW Australia Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon China!

UOW Australia Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon China!

For the first time in the competition's history, a retrofitted structure takes top honors at the Solar Decathlon. The modern, stylish interior is surrounded by double glazed windows, advanced

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Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Greenland's arctic ice sheet is in trouble - and it turns out that global warming isn't the only force at work. A new study in Nature Geoscience by the GFZ German Research Center for

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Cecilia Valentine Designs Living Jewelry That Comments on Fashion’s Relationship With Nature

Cecilia Valentine Designs Living Jewelry That Comments on Fashion’s Relationship With Nature

Designer Cecilia Valentine finds a new home for fur and feathers in fashion with her living jewelry line. Called "Fur is Alive," her pieces incorporate mice and birds to comment on the act of

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IKEA’s Augmented Reality 2014 Catalog Lets You Preview Products in Your Apartment!

IKEA’s Augmented Reality 2014 Catalog Lets You Preview Products in Your Apartment!

Instead of trekking down to the IKEA showroom with your measuring tape, camera, and color swatches, you can now shop comfortably in your own home without the fear of buying something that does

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Bare Conductive Paint Allows You to Draw an Electrical Circuit Almost Anywhere

Bare Conductive Paint Allows You to Draw an Electrical Circuit Almost Anywhere

In an age where food can be assembled by a printer and bacteria can be engineered to produce gold, surely talking billboards cannot be that far away. A team of students from London's Royal

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Jillian Salik Carves Ornate Baroque Frames from Cardboard

Jillian Salik Carves Ornate Baroque Frames from Cardboard

The Baroque period is known for its hugely ornate, filigreed adornments in its architecture and interiors. The time and skilled craftsmanship required to create the flowers, leaves, and scrolls

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The Yupik Lamp is Made from Lightweight Styrofoam for the Urban Nomad

The Yupik Lamp is Made from Lightweight Styrofoam for the Urban Nomad

Whether it is chasing jobs, pursuing relationships, or simply searching for cheaper rent, American do a lot of moving between residences. Almost every single possession has to at some point be

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MakerBot 3D Desktop Printers to Be Sold in Microsoft Retail Stores Across the US

MakerBot 3D Desktop Printers to Be Sold in Microsoft Retail Stores Across the US

MakerBot just announced plans to begin selling their Replicator 2 desktop model in Microsoft retail stores across the United States. The move makes Microsoft the first entity to sell the

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Kerry Miller Dissects Antique Books in Order to Release the Images Inside

Kerry Miller Dissects Antique Books in Order to Release the Images Inside

Books may soon be seen as bygone relics of the past. Libraries are going digital, and novels and textbooks are increasingly finding themselves represented on tablets and computers. In order to

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