The NASA/UofA group are burning the hell of what little soil they got in oven 2...Yeah, 6 left to get a few ice grains in one of them if that's what they want to do. They are also watching the 'bright-object' in DODO either disappear through sublimation or turn to stone[tic] one or the other, but it will still be a few days before any details are forthcoming.
I'm with horton on the 'sublimating water- ice' idea. But microbes or squigglies>>>>NAH, nada, never, no chance, no way man
Lets find out what binds the soil together first!...And NO, it ain't not microbes!
They did say the shiny stuff in DODO may be this very thing though,[sublimating water-ice] but won't reveal their hand before the results are in...hey, that's OK! What's a browned-off prof to do?
I'm going back to the Casino! Hell of lot more fun winning free cash then burning the hell out some Martian sand pebbles.[OOOOHH, BTW>> no taxes on the wins in Canada boys] Let me know if any little green men appear to snuff out the oven, that's their land leave it alone!!! LOL