Imagine the world of the far and also not so distant future. The Dork Effect: Do babies really get smarter from listening to classical music? The New Pharaohs: Is it possible that global warming could actually trigger a new ice age? Activation: Imagine a world where the cow has gone extinct. What would we eat, and more importantly, what would our image of the long-gone bovine be? Microbes: The worst threat that the world has ever faced, a planet much larger than the orbit of Pluto, is on a collision course with the solar system! The Tank: In a future where war and environmental collapse have created an immense gap between the rich and poor, how would people entertain themselves? Artoz: Meet a gray alien with a heart. Read all these stories, plus many more!