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
The Bird Brick Gives Endangered Birds a Home in Buildings and Garden Walls

The Bird Brick Gives Endangered Birds a Home in Buildings and Garden Walls

For humans, it's hard enough to find room and board in the city without a great deal of searching and no small amount of aggravation. For the winged members of the community, it is even more

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LEGObot: A Working 3D Printer Made From LEGO Bricks!

LEGObot: A Working 3D Printer Made From LEGO Bricks!

As the 3D printer revolution picks up speed, the price of the machines is beginning to drop—but shelling out several hundred bucks for a desktop printer is still out of the reach of many

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“Celeb Escargot” Facials Use Snails to Rejuvenate The Skin of Women in Japan

“Celeb Escargot” Facials Use Snails to Rejuvenate The Skin of Women in Japan

Thought fish pedicures were as strange as any beauty treatment could possibly get? Then may we suggest a "celeb escargot" facial that uses snails to rejuvenate the complexion? Ci:zMedical Group

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Brilliant Compost Program Trades Food Waste for Fresh Produce

Brilliant Compost Program Trades Food Waste for Fresh Produce

What if you could trade your discarded food waste for fresh new fruits and veggies? That's the idea behind Hello Compost - a service that offers fresh produce in exchange for compost in working

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Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock Poor air quality isn't just a nuisance -- it can actually kill you. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill estimates

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Artist Kevin LCK Creates Detailed Dioramas Inside Cardboard Models of Electronics

Artist Kevin LCK Creates Detailed Dioramas Inside Cardboard Models of Electronics

Engaging with technology at times can feel like an automatic and mundane interaction. Kevin LCK crafts everyday appliances and devices and endows them with an inner life. "I seeked to detach

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The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

Thanks to increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, the world's deserts are getting a little greener through a process called "CO2 fertilization." Scientists from CSIRO have been taking

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The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

In comparison with a car or truck, a scooter is a pretty green ride. They are lightweight, use less fuel, and are far easier to park. Yet, no matter how environmentally friendly they may seem,

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The Reasons Why Quinoa is Not Catching On in the US

The Reasons Why Quinoa is Not Catching On in the US

Quinoa seems like the perfect grain. The little golden seed is gluten-free, low in calories, high in protein, tasty, and able to grow in arid climates. In recent years, it has gained popularity

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Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Some truly chilling news came from Antarctica this week as an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan broke off from the continent. In October 2011, NASA  scientists noticed that a crack was

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Beetle-Kill Pine is Fueling Wildfires and the Lumber Industry

Beetle-Kill Pine is Fueling Wildfires and the Lumber Industry

As climate change warms areas of Colorado, mountain pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae) have infested lodgepole pines and drastically reduced their numbers. Of the 1.5 million acres of forest

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US and China Make Agreement to Cut Emissions from Coal, Vehicles and Chemicals

US and China Make Agreement to Cut Emissions from Coal, Vehicles and Chemicals

Photo via Shutterstock The United States and China are heavy hitters when it comes to the global economy, politics, and air pollution. The two nations account for a 43 percent of greenhouse

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Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

Photo via Shutterstock In urban areas, both smog and pavement seem to dominate the landscape. While the two may seem like separate and distinct elements of the city ecosystem, the air and

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Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

The world's oceans are experiencing a tough time. Overfishing, acidification from climate change, pollution, and dead zones have all become major challenges to the health of aquatic ecosystems

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Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

It seems that almost every other month, Germany sets a new solar power record. However, despite the sunny outlook for the current state of power generation, the solar panel industry has been

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3D-Printed SLR Camera Can Be Made For Just $30

3D-Printed SLR Camera Can Be Made For Just $30

Ever find yourself longing for your old analog 35mm SLR camera? If you own or have access to a 3D printer, you have the ability to make one for $30 thanks to the OpenReflex Camera project by Leo

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Scientists Create Technology that Could Lead to Lifelike Artificial Skin

Scientists Create Technology that Could Lead to Lifelike Artificial Skin

Photo via Shutterstock Bionic ears and eyes are already a reality, and with the strides made by a team of scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology led by Professor Hossam

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House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

Interplanetary exploration is certainly a noble endeavor, but when it comes to caring for a planet, politicians should begin by rooting for the home team. A recently introduced bill in the House

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Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

Photo via Shutterstock When considering the affluent neighborhoods of Silicon Valley, few expect there to be so many families living in the California tech center that are going hungry each

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Ernie Adams Hand-Builds Tiny Dwarf Cars From Scrap

Ernie Adams Hand-Builds Tiny Dwarf Cars From Scrap

When Ernie Adams was eleven years old he took on his first project - upgrading a bicycle with a motor and a dual exhaust system. After dropping motors into tricycles and wagons, he graduated to

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Amputee Builds the World’s First Prosthetic Leg Made from LEGOs

Amputee Builds the World’s First Prosthetic Leg Made from LEGOs

Sure, building a space ship or Ewok village out of LEGOs is and admirable effort, but what about fashioning your own prosthetic limb? Intrepid occupational therapist Christina Stephens (aka

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Great Britain was once completely reliant on fossil fuels, but that is rapidly changing. On Thursday, the world's largest wind farm was opened in

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Greenbean Recycling Gives E-Cash Rewards Through Its Reverse Vending Machines

Greenbean Recycling Gives E-Cash Rewards Through Its Reverse Vending Machines

It is easy to see the impact recycling can make on the environment and your bank account after unloading several large bags of bottles and cans at a center. Yet it is much more difficult to

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The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

One of the most basic and ancient forms of human technology, bread is the result of generations of humans transforming the elements of water, flour, and salt. A food that transcends race, creed,

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Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Cattle waste presents a huge problem for farmers. From feed to fecal matter, it has the potential to cause environmental harm when leaked into waterways, released as gas into the air, and it can

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IUCN Red List Identifies 21,000 Species at Risk of Extinction

IUCN Red List Identifies 21,000 Species at Risk of Extinction

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) just updated their Red List to identify three species as extinct, and nearly 21,000 at risk of disappearing forever. The Cape Verde

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Engineers Build Robotic Carp That Can Dive and Turn Like a Real Fish

Engineers Build Robotic Carp That Can Dive and Turn Like a Real Fish

From mechanical manta rays to giant robo jellyfish, the marine world is well represented in the field of robotics. While many autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) take advantage of

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NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

Reading about the melting ice sheets in the Arctic or desertification in Africa may seem like remote instances, but the effects of climate change also can be seen locally throughout the United

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged - all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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California High-Speed Rail Project on Track to Begin Construction

California High-Speed Rail Project on Track to Begin Construction

California's high-speed rail project is ready to get moving, now that Surface Transportation Board voted 2-1 that the California High-Speed Rail Authority can begin construction without having

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