"Brazilian researchers may have created human sperm cells by injecting pulp from the teeth of human babies into the testicles of mice, and sensory analysts have created the perfect cheese sandwich. Computers are now better than people at air hockey... Toxic clouds from Africa were threatening Caribbean coral reefs, the North Pole was forecast to have its first ice-free summer in recorded history, the Wilkins Ice Shelf was splitting off from Antarctica, and the world's penguins were dying out. In space, the earth's shrieking could be heard; Mar's soil, said chemists, will support asparagus."
-September 2008 Harper's Magazine