A world apart
Scientists detected the presence of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, possibly indicating the presence of primitive life. What would life be like on Venus?
— The surface temperature is in excess of 870º F, meaning no form of life from Earth could exist there.
— The atmosphere is almost entirely made up of carbon dioxide, which would preclude the presence of any Earth-like animal — although plants might enjoy it.
— The best chance for life is roughly 30 to 40 miles above the planet’s surface, where temperatures are more like those on Earth.
How many homes are at extreme risk of wildfire?
The many and the few
In which states are people most overrepresented and most under-represented in the Electoral College?
Wyoming (fewer than 150,000 people for each Electoral College vote)
District of Columbia
Florida (more than 450,000 people for each Electoral College vote)
Which states have had the most and fewest deaths from COVID-19 per million?
New Jersey 1,819
New York 1,702
This article is in The Spectator’s October 2020 US edition.