Carnia Nebula: One of the ‘most massive star-forming regions in the Galaxy’

Incredible images showing the pillars of destruction have been released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Huge towers of gas and dust within the Carina Nebula are being studied to better understand star formation – and analysis of the images shows how the stars appear to be destroying their creators. Scientists used the Muse instrument on the ESOs Very Large Telescope to take thousands of images of the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light years away. Nov 2, 2016

See how non-enzymatic RNA replicates

In the absence of RNA – or protein-based replication machinery – it is possible for RNA to replicate in a non-enzymatic, template-directed manner. In this animation, the nascent RNA strand is formed from activated nucleotides by Watson-Crick base pairing. Nov 2, 2016

Poaching: Tragic decline of the African elephant population in numbers

There was a 30% decline in African savanna elephants from 2007 and 2014. Forest elephants suffered a 65% decline between 2002 and 2013. Poaching is the main threat to African elephants today. Despite an international ban on ivory in 1989, conservationists say we entered a second poaching crisis in 2009 as many Asian economies have grown – thus increasing the demand for ivory. Nov 1, 2016