In 54 lists ranging from books to babies to medical breakthroughs, take a look at the highs and lows of the past 12 months
The first Roman Catholic pontiff from the Americas is poised to transform the world's largest church
Here are 10 of the greatest big-screen tales of working-class heroes taking on the world with an acoustic six-string and a microphone.
TIME's Richard Corliss runs them down, from action to animation to documentary
Yes, there's Miley. But also Bob Dylan and Kanye
Who do you think it should be?
Here's an unranked look at four-legged and finned creatures that shaped our year.
From invisible skyscrapers to 3D pens
Grasshopper tacos and rice that stops blindness
From Bieber to Malala
Thor and Loki aren't the first sparring siblings
Sony's PlayStation 4 arrives November 15
140 moments that made the social network matter
JFK has been portrayed by at least 22 actors. We'll let you decide who best captured the 35th president.
From a rattlesnake derby to an avant-garde film festival, TIME editors round up the enriching adventures you need to try next year
Add these to your Halloween watch lists
Not sure what to be for Halloween but know you want to dress like someone who spends too much time on the Internet?
Inside the feminist blog's 'encyclopedia of ladythings'
We list 'em all
How the portly president from the early 1900s lost 60 pounds with simple changes, and why it's becoming a fad today
Feats of clay
In honor of National Boss Day, we reflect on some of the worst
Sports, space and super heroes all make the cut
As Tumblr goes from scrappy startup to billion-dollar buyout, we rounded up the best bloggers to add to your dashboard
From Apollo 13 to Marooned and more
That was it?
Life in the fast lane
Manufacturing is back but where are the jobs?
America's health checkup
Here are our picks for interesting speeches to watch at this year's world leader gab fest
From essentials to newcomers and more
See which foods have a shelf-life that might surprise you
Tributes to Beyoncé, Gangnam Style, video games and more
They're baaack! The best perennial scary movie brands
Our favorite wacky runway looks
Catching up with some of the actors in the meltdown drama
A look back at the 9 best episodes
From Cheers to The Sopranos
There have been some decidedly extreme environmental disasters in the last two decades. Here are some extreme responses to cope with them
Our favorite on-screen scholars
From drool-worthy food to copy-worthy fashion, here are the experts with the best pins
In honor of Drinking Buddies and The World's End
From 'N Sync's reunion to Miley's twerks
'N Sync's rumored VMA return reminds us of other musical reconnections
Robin Thicke is just the latest to be accused
The best tunes of the season, all in one place
U.N. wants more westerners to dine on bugs
Ten movie and TV butlers who served with distinction
From Bradley Manning and Nidal Hassan to George Custer and Benedict Arnold, a brief history of the nation's most notable military trials
Films for flyboys