Clara Sousa-Silva and the possibility of life on Venus

Sarah Scoles | WIRED
Monday, September 14, 2020

Wired reporter Sarah Scoles spotlights the work of research scientist Clara Sousa-Silva, known as Dr. Phosphine on Twitter, and her quest to learn more about phosphine. Scoles writes that Sousa-Silva is a “leading expert in this little-characterized molecule. She identified 16.8 billion features across the full spectrum, greatly expanding on the mere thousands anyone knew about before.”

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Story Image: “Now, astronomers will think of all the ways to justify phosphine without life, and I welcome that. Please do, because we are at the end of our possibilities to show abiotic processes that can make phosphine,” says Clara Sousa-Silva, left, with co-author Janusz Petkowski. Image: Melanie Gonick, MIT