Russian scientists admit no new life form found in Antarctic lake

Well, we thought it might be too good to be true. Late last week, Russian scientists claimed to have found "unclassified life" in Lake Vostok, an ancient body of water deep under the Antarctic ice sheet. But now, a Russian scientist working at the same institute has dismissed this pronouncement, instead saying the strange microbial life forms were nothing more than contaminants.

It was Sergei Bulat of the genetics laboratory at the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics who made the extraordinary claim. But the head of the laboratory, Vladimir Korolyov, told the Interfax news agency on Saturday that, "We found certain specimen, although not many. All of them were contaminants... That is why we cannot say that previously-unknown life was found."

On the positive side of things, we now don't have to worry about this.