Editor’s Notebook: Penguin-only art walks

But let’s get to the penguins. The reason scientists are newly pondering life on Venus is because of something discovered in the planet’s thick cloud cover, a “biosignature gas” called phosphine, which is also found a hop, skip and a planet away on Earth — in human intestines, deep sea worms and the feces of badgers and penguins. That’s quite a club.

And while this is may be a lot of science for an arts newsletter, I would argue that the Venus discovery is cultural, in the vein of Carl Sagan ’s assertion that we’re all “made of star stuff.” […]

Source: crosscut.com

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