Astronomy current events question: life in Venus' dark clouds?

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2018
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!)
Terry Devitt, "Is There Life Adrift in the Clouds of Venus?" (March 30, 2018)
Researchers propose that dark patches in Venus' atmosphere could be caused by __________ in its clouds.
(A) hydrocarbon hurricanes.
(B) black lightning.
(C) floating microbial life.
(D) sulfuric acid rain.
(E) volcanic outgassing.

Correct answer: (C)

Student responses
Sections 30679, 30680
(A) : 0 students
(B) : 0 students
(C) : 26 students
(D) : 6 students
(E) : 7 students

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