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Environmental detectives are using DNA to track invasive species

In our increasingly globalized society, when people travel the tend to bring things home with them, whether they mean to or not: microbes, aquatic species, insects, plants. Many of these are harmless, but some wreak economic havoc, and, like the recent Ebola virus, lead to nationwide panic and fear. As in so many other realms, DNA analysis may provide some ways to better combat these problems.

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ISIS thanks the Pentagon for its errant weapon airdrop

The Pentagon has been stepping up its efforts to reinforce Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria as they battle ISIS terrorists. An airdrop in Kobane this week was meant to bolster them at a crucial time, unfortunately some of the supplies went off target. Plus a look at how humans came to eat dairy and a prohibition on kissing at a Zimbabwe university. Those stories in today's Global Scan.

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Researchers have identified the key to a successful dictatorship

It's not easy to be dictator, what with the threat of coups and all. Now US and Canadian researchers are helping with a sort of Dummies' guide to dictatorship. Meanwhile, Russians are hearing that the Malaysia Airlines tragedy is a Western plot. And Iran has decided to boost its population by banning vasectomies. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.