No Green Seen on the Red Planet

When NASA planetary scientist Carol Stoker was preparing a poster paper about her work on developing autonomous intelligence for Mars rovers, little did she know it would land her in the middle of the media’s spotlight. But that’s just what happened before NASA’s second Astrobiology Science Conference, held at Ames Research Center last week. After a brief abstract of her paper was posted on the conference website, an online news article reported that Stoker’s research had “found ‘intriguing’ evidence that may indicate there is life on Mars.” It’s true that Stoker’s abstract used the word “intriguing.” However, there is no hint in the abstract