Brent Crane

Brent Crane

American freelance journalist

One of those reporter guys.

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A Tech Company Hopes These Edible Drones Will Help End World Hunger

Salami is, according to British drone manufacturers Windhorse Aerospace, "physically strong with good tensile strength and flexibility," which makes it a good option for landing gear.

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Scientific American

U.S. Salamanders Threatened by Deadly Fungus

On a recent expedition into southeastern Georgia’s backwoods, after 137 hours of searching through blackwater ponds with nets, amphibian specialist Mark Mandica came away with two flatwoods salamander larvae, a federally endangered species. Although only a meager find, the larval pair was “unfortunately considered a huge success,” the executive director of the Amphibian Foundation laments.

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Mens Journal

Snakebite City

Among the residents of  Ban Khok Sa-Nga, otherwise known as Cobra Village, there are two kinds of bites: severe and not so severe.

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The New Yorker

A Prehistoric Killer, Buried in Muck

On a sunny January morning outside Richmond Hill, Georgia, Bill Eberlein, a fifty-two-year-old former I.T. specialist, went diving in a local creek.

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Can “Dark Tourism” Help Cambodia Heal? | New Republic

Deep within the Dangrek Mountains of northern Cambodia, on a cliff at the end of a rugged jungle path barely wide enough for a motorbike, stands Pol Pot’s house. Blanketed in moss and moldering in the tropical swelter, the two-story ruin is a monument to two decades of neglect. The air, heavy and humid, buzzes with cicadas.

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The Quiet Teahouse Owner Who Secretly Undermined Myanmar's Dictatorship

At first glance, Seit Tine Kya feels like any other teahouse in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city: boisterous with animated chatter, the sipping of milky tea, the slurping of greasy noodles, the shuffling of sandals on concrete, and the kiss-kiss of old patrons calling out to young waiters.

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Illegal logging 'ravaging' Myanmar’s Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Reserve

Life moves slowly at Myanmar’s largest lake but in the mountains just beyond its shores buzzes a flurry of both destructive and illegal activity. Along with dozens of unregulated gold mining operations south of the lake, there churns an illegal logging industry in the northeast which local conservationists say is ravaging forests inside Indawgyi’s wildlife sanctuary.

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This Former Gang-Banger Is Banging Out Delicious Cubans in ...

Six years ago, Ry Mam boarded an international flight from LAX with three other Cambodians and two US marshals. “If any of you try to run, we’ll shoot you,” one of the marshals told the Cambodians. Mam thought that was strange—they were on an airplane and, anyway, he could have run a long time ago.

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Fah Thai Magazine

The Last Break

In the close-knit world of Maldivian bodyboarding, everybody has a nickname. Ahmed Arish, the country’s fourth-ranked bodyboarder, is Teddie. Ali Javed, the country’s second best, is Jaatte. Abdulla
Areef, the president of the Maldives Bodyboarding
Association, goes by Fuku.

The Christian Science Monitor

He teaches rock 'n' roll to disadvantaged children in Cambodia ...

At 10 a.m. in Prek Lvea, a village across the Mekong River from Cambodia’s capital, among pecking chickens, dirt roads, and palm-shaded hovels, a heavy-metal concert is under way. The show, put on in an open-air kindergarten classroom, is performed by an assortment of local children and teens, and it seems as if the whole village has come out to gape. Watching from the crowd of chirping children and visibly confused adults is Timon Seibel, a bearded, blond Swiss-German – and the mastermind of this rural metal madness.

Steeped in Tradition

It is just after 11am when Thurein Win orders his third tea of the morning, a laiphet yeh type, as the Burmese call it, black tea with condensed milk. The order arrives as it always does in Yangon tea houses, rapidly, in a white cup on a white saucer with the milky brown brew spilling over the top. Win, in a black t-shirt, khakis and with a hairdo like the head of an upturned mop, takes a slow sip before he looks over. “By the way, have you read A Nice Cup of Tea by George Orwell?” he asks.

The Singular Experience of Drinking Beer in a North Korean Restaurant in Cambodia - Roads & Kingdoms

At the Pyongyang Cold Noodle Restaurant in Phnom Penh, one of a dozen plus eateries around the world owned by the North Korean regime, beer flows as freely as the blessed waters of the Kuryong Falls. An experience there is a grand show and, like any fiction, it is enhanced by alcohol, which is brought to you by spotless women in puffy joseon-ot dresses.

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An in-depth look into the burgeoning custom motorcycle scene in Phnom Penh for Fah Thai, Bangkok Airline's in-flight magazine.

Decline of Salt Farming Leads to Shorebird Shakeout | Hakai ...

Habitat loss from human development is taking a toll on migratory shorebirds around the world, with nearly half of the known populations in decline. While many of these birds have been finding refuge in man-made salt pans—long, muddy depressions of shallow seawater used in salt farming—this habitat is also disappearing.

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Protests and Prison Time: the Fight Over Malé’s “Friendship Bridge” | Hakai Magazine

Over a dozen motorbike riders have pulled over on the side of Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé’s main road, to stare out on the Varunulaa Raalhugandu surf points. In the high wind, strong waves are breaking against the shore, misting their faces with spray. The waves are heavy with memory: local surfers have ridden them for generations. In recent years, foreigners too have flocked here, to the southeast coast of Malé, the uber-congested capital of the Maldives, to share in the waves’ tubular splendor.