Gerardo Velasquez

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Gray Matter: Funnels Of Flame

How nature scorches the skies with fire tornadoes.<p>Every year I burn down my backyard. Not because I have an unhealthy fascination with fire (which I do), but because my backyard is native prairie. It needs regular burning to maintain the ecosystem. Sometimes I witness fire whirls—spinning columns …

The Hubble Space Telescope captured this beautiful image of elliptical galaxy PGC 6240, the product of a violent galactic merger. Watch as this video zooms in on the Hydrus constellation and PGC 6240:

The Few, the Proud, the Tortoises: Marines Protect Endangered Species

An Army of Biologists Are on Nature Patrol at Military Bases; 'Walking Ravioli'<p>TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.—U.S. Marines are taught to overcome obstacles with a minimum of help. But when some Marines prepared to charge a hill in a training exercise here a few months ago, they were forced to halt and …


Another Delhi Rape Suspect Is Nearly Killed in Prison

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>One of the suspects in the rape and murder of a woman in Delhi last year is in critical condition …