For this eerie organism, Huang recorded eye movements up-close, and nestled a screen to show the footage among inflated plastic bags and other household materials. "The idea of taking existing objects, merging them and making something new and magical is wonderful to me," he says. EX-C-F 4 (YK-Eye), by Shih Chieh Huang, 2009. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Artist Shih Chieh Huang takes everyday objects—garbage bags, plastic bottles, food containers, old computer parts—and transforms them into surreal sea creatures. See his work, up close and personal.

Journalist James Nestor explores the science of the “mammalian dive reflex,” the phenomenon by which water triggers an immediate decrease in heart rate.

Wave bye bye to Nereus, which was 7 hours into a planned 9-hour dive exploring the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand when it went missing. Sad scientists think the machine might have imploded when it was 6.2 miles beneath the ocean surface.