Science: Signs of an Angry Goddess

Scientists report indications of volcanic activity on Venus

Even though it is named for the mythic goddess of love, there is nothing very fetching about the planet Venus. It is veiled in a dense atmosphere of carbon dioxide, laced with corrosive clouds of sulfuric acid, and its surface temperatures hover around 900° F. Liquid water, if it ever existed, has long since vanished. Nothing, not even the hardiest microbes, could survive for long in this cauldron.

Yet Venus, the second planet from the sun (Mercury is closest), shares significant characteristics with its neighbor, earth. It...

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