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Engineer Builds Drone From Scratch, Destroys It on First Day

Today it’s easy to buy a drone that is flyable right off the shelf and start shooting aerial footage. Just three years ago, that wasn’t the case. National Geographic’s Alan Turchik built a custom drone from scratch to take on his first major expedition to the legendary Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific…and things went badly.

Fighting Dynamite With Marine Protection in Borneo

This is the devastation left by blast fishing also called fish bombing, an illegal but rampant form of fishing here in the Coral Triangle. In the practice, a fisherman tosses dynamite, or homemade bombs made from a bottle filled with fertilizer and kerosene lit by a short fuse into the water. The blast kills or stuns all fish within the vicinity, which are easily collected for market. Dangerous to the reef, this method also maims and kills fishermen, and it is not uncommon to see men with fingers or hands missing. What is left behind is a wasteland of flattened coral rubble that can take decades or even centuries to recover.