Alien life could thrive in Venus' acidic clouds

New research is focusing on the sulfuric-acid clouds of Venus as a potential abode for life.

The new Venus study calls for the start of a new branch of astrobiology and a new branch of organic chemistry.

"The search for signs of life beyond Earth is a motivator in modern-day planetary exploration, but life on other planets does not have to have the same biochemistry as our life here on Earth," said Janusz Pętkowski

The research team is particularly interested in concentrated sulfuric acid as a potential solvent for life.

Liquid droplets of concentrated sulfuric acid build the clouds of Venus

The acid concentrations in the droplets vary from 81% to 98% acid, with the rest being composed of water.