Science: Liquid of Life

Ever since astronomers first analyzed the atmosphere of Jupiter and found a blanket of noxious gases thousands of miles thick, most scientists have assumed that the distant planet is devoid of life. But just because earthlings could not live there, says British Amateur Astronomer Axel Firsoff, is no reason to believe that Jupiter is not a populous place. Animals might well thrive even if their planet is covered with a limpid ocean of cold, liquid ammonia.

Life on earth, Firsoff points out in the British magazine Discovery, is based on the reaction of carbon...

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