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Slow news day? In 2020? Ha!

Just a few of the things that crossed my desktop this morning:

And last night, Cubs pitcher Alec Mills threw the club's 16th no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers. In the history of Major League Baseball, there have only been 315 no-hitters. The last time the Cubs won a no-hitter was 51 years ago.

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  • David Harper

    9/14/2020 6:55:07 PM +00:00 |

    Apropos the discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, I watched the press conference, and the scientists were careful to say that they weren't claiming to have found evidence of life, only that they had looked at several possible non-biological sources of phosphine, and none seemed likely to generate enough to match the observations.

    I'm old enough to remember the hullabaloo when a biochemistry experiment on board the Viking Mars landers appeared to show biological activity when a Martian soil sample was mixed with a "soup" of simple organic molecules.  It turned out that the chemistry of the Martian soil is altered in unusual ways because it is exposed to the Sun's ultraviolet radiation at a level that we don't get on Earth.  That's what caused the reaction, not Martian bacteria.

    There's still a lot we don't know about the geology and chemistry of Venus.  It may turn out that there are non-biological ways to produce phosphine in such an exotic and extreme environment.

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