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Kobane, Syria

VIRTUAL TERROR  Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobane during a 2014 attack by Iraqi Kurdish forces on Islamic State fighters who had taken over the settlement. Researchers say a new computer model may be able to use patterns of pro-ISIS group formation on social networks to predict the timing of terrorist attacks.

proteins under a microscope

EYE SPY  A new citizen science project needs volunteers to help identify protein molecules in micrographs (right image is the same micrograph as the left, except with the proteins circled).

Photograph of the Larsen B ice shelf

ICE SPY  Declassified photographs snapped in the 1960s by spy satellites suggest that Antarctica’s Larsen B ice shelf (shown here in 1963) began deteriorating decades before its 2002 collapse.

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