A peculiar new paper, published in a little-known scientific journal, has published the tabloids on the possibility of life on Mars
According to this paper, an international team of scientists are now claiming to have found evidence of 'mushrooms' growing on the surface of the Red Planet.
The 'evidence' is primarily based on images, taken by NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers.
The pictures have the internet freaking out, just like this, but some folks online justifiably remain skeptical.
It's often said that you can not judge a book by its cover, but you can judge it. Just one glance at the Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science website, and it's pretty clear that this is not a sophisticated outlet for high-impact science.
On its website, the journal seeks research papers on such topics as "Protecting Earth From Martian Organisms"
In the notes to the mushroom paper ̵
Three of these reviewers rejected the paper outright, and one editor was so vehemently opposed to the English: www.cosmetic-business.com/en/showar…p?art_id=865.
Nevertheless, the paper is published and the journal's release is unusually kind, simply, "Why the opposition to publishing evidence?". It therefore alludes to religious motivations as a source of such "irrational opposition."
But do not be fooled by this seemingly harmless question. This paper is not jam-packed with irrefutable evidence and watertight reasoning. Despite being "circumstantial and unverified,"
"We admit," says Co-author Regina Dass, a mycologist at Pondicherry University, India, says, "We do not have a smoking gun. There is no definite proof, only a lot of evidence which shouts: biology."  (1966) In a particular ironic note, Research Gate has recently been quoted as saying: "It's not a very good idea to decide just by observing macromorphological features.")
While NASA itself has not responded to these new claims, its scientists have already been researched the phenomenon.
Instead of mushrooms, NASA calls them 'blueberries', but unlike the authors of this new paper, no one actually thinks these tiny spheres are a sign of life, let alone a growing fruit or vegetable.  In 2004, the Opportunity rover discovered millions of these 'blueberries', and after analysis they were determined to be the iron oxide, hematite.
About three centimeters across (1.2 inches), these balls of solidified hematite were unlike anything ever seen on Mars before. Embedded in the Martian rock, NASA explains that these spheres of hematite were solidified in the presence of water and then slowly released by erosion.
NASA has some of the greatest scientists and engineers in the world, says co-author Vincenzo Rizzo, a biogeologist working for the National Research Council.
However, hematite is a product of biological activity "fungi and bacteria help to cultivate terrestrial hematites together."
Whatever the authors say, it certainly seems like they do not see eye- to-eye with the world's leading experts.
One user, by the name of Zeeblecroid, which brutally succinct in their criticism:  "The journal and article are both garbage." There's a community of self-proclaimed astrobiologists who use the same crackpot tricks (mostly misrepresenting mundane photos of basic geological features as hard evidence of life) and they've been pounding That's when the mid-1990s. "
In 2014, NASA was actually sued by a self-proclaimed" astrobiologist "fungus-like fungus on the surface of Mars. It turned out to be nothing more than a rock.
The Journal of Astrobiology and Space.