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Global Scan

Now you can stare at cute, cuddly penguin photos — and help scientists, too

Scientists studying penguins in the Antarctic have set up automated cameras to document the lives of the sea birds. Unfortunately, all that footage has to be categorized — and that's where you come in. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Air Force is smarting after an embarrassing blunder of reinforcing ISIS militants. And in China, the police were taking no chances with a group of ceremonial pigeons. Those stories and more, in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Just how big is that comet the European Space Agency is going to land on?

Out in space, comets don't seem that big compared to planets and all. But this chunk of rock and ice would rival the tallest mountains we know. Some have even created photos showing how it would tower over Los Angeles. Meanwhile in Australia, a Pizza Hut makes a major PR gaffe when it decides to throw in a free pet with every large pizza order. And the American-raised son of a terrorist decides to tell his story. All in this edition of the Global Scan.

Global Scan

This is a message for US drone pilots: we are not bugs

How do you let drone pilots dropping bombs by remote control know the consequences of their actions? Some Afghan artists are using a giant photo. And a journalist now claims the US didn't attack Syria's government after evidence of chemical warfare emerged because it may not have been Assad's fault. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

China sticks to relay plan

The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports that Chinese officials and the head of the International Olympic Committee today said that the Olympic torch relay will proceed as planned despite the protests that have caused major disruptions along the route.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

Australia's Whitsunday Islands are the answer to today's Geo Quiz. Tourism authorities there are looking for an island caretaker to promote tourism to the islands in and around Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The successful candidate will have to write a weekly blog to help generate a buzz and travel throughout the islands 6 months of the year.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The Australian town of Bundanoon is the answer to today's Geo Quiz. This picturesque town in the mountains west of Sydney voted today to ban the sale of water in plastic bottles. Lisa Mullins speaks with environmental campaigner, Jon Dee, in Bundanoon.