Astronomy current events question: modeling Venus' past habitable climate?

Astronomy 210L, fall semester 2016
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Students are assigned to read online articles on current astronomy events, and take a short current events quiz during the first 10 minutes of lab. (This motivates students to show up promptly to lab, as the time cut-off for the quiz is strictly enforced!)
Rob Garner, "NASA Climate Modeling Suggests Venus May Have Been Habitable" (August 11, 2016)
NASA researchers theorize Venus may have had habitable temperatures, according to computer models developed for:
(A) artificial intelligence.
(B) analyzing solar flares.
(C) simulating life forms.
(D) predicting Earth's climate.
(E) finding underground water sources.

Correct answer: (D)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 1 student
(B) : 2 students
(C) : 5 students
(D) : 17 students
(E) : 5 students

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