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Researchers pour a barrel of hagfish into a holding tank aboard a research vessel about 20 miles off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. AP/Steven Senne

Curious Kids: What in the world is a slime eel?

Hagfish have been called the most disgusting creatures in the ocean. But what are they?
Watch out for these tiny tough guys. Roy L. Caldwell, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley (For use only with this article)

A cooler ocean predator than sharks? Consider the mantis shrimps

With superpowers other animals can only dream of, these crustaceans challenge sharks for the title of most amazing predator in the sea.
After a decade in almost pure thriller fiction, the Neuromancer creator returns to his roots. Ociacia

New William Gibson novel revives his 1980s cyberpunk vision

You might almost have thought there was nothing much more for science fiction to say about avatars or time travel. As far back as 1992, years before anyone had thought of Second Life, the US writer Neil…

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