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Using drones to replant lost forests

Researchers are learning how to bomb hillsides with seeds from the sky

Biologist Stephen Elliott with a Phantom drone. (Photo by Denis Gray)

MAE SA MAI, Thailand The Phantom whirred skyward, hovered, then veered off to skim over a tropical forest, peering into its tangled, soaring canopy. It was a test mission for this agile drone -- not to target an enemy hiding below, but to bring new life to woodlands by ''bombing'' them with cascades of seeds.

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