A team of Russian scientists drilling 2 miles into the ice in the middle of the Antarctic to tap the underground Vostok lake that has been untouched for 15 million years has not been heard from for more than five days.
The start of a new science fiction novel? Well, almost.
The first part is real: there is an underground lake miles beneath the Antarctic ice that has been isolated for millions of years. And the Russians are drilling into it, despite oppositions from environmental groups who feared contaminations.
The second part - the one about the team being "lost" - is not. But, you know, of course that's what they'd say to cover up the conspiracy ;)