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The 25 Best Inventions of 2016

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Every year, TIME selects the best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. In the past, they’ve featured everything from the real-life hoverboard to the desktop DNA lab.

Here’s which ones made this year’s list.

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The 50 Scariest Books of All Time

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The air is getting crisper, the nights are getting longer, and All Hallow’s Eve draws near. You know what that means: it’s time to curl up with a book guaranteed to give you the shivers — or at least make you check the locks twice.

Here, for your horrifying pleasure, are 50 of the scariest books ever written in the English language, whether horror, nonfiction, or speculative futures you never want to see.

One caveat: the list is limited to one book per author, so Stephen King fans will have to expand their horizons a little bit. Check out 50 books that will keep you up all night after the jump, and add any other scary favorites to the list in the comments.

See the list HERE.

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50 Most Powerful Superheroes Ever: Entertainment Weekly Ranks The Top 10

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We are living in the age of superheroes. Caped crusaders have smashed the confines of their comic-book cages and now dominate almost every corner of global pop culture. But who among them truly rules?

To create this ranking of the 50 Most Powerful Super­heroes, Entertainment Weekly devised a 100-point system that rated each character in nine categories: Cultural Impact, Bankability, Design, Modern Relevance, Mythology, Nemeses, Originality, Personality, and Powers. We gave each category a maximum score of 10 points, with one exception: Cultural Impact.

The power of a superhero is defined most by this quality, so EW measured it on a 20-point scale to weigh the final list in favor of characters who have the deepest cultural footprints.

EW’s hardcore superhero experts assembled and individually scored 155 characters in each category. Those composite category scores were then added together to create an overall power total for each character. This determined the final 50 and each character’s position on the list.

The result is the most precise and comprehensive superhero ranking ever created. To see the full rundown, pick up EW’s special double-issue on Friday. See the top 10 Superheroes as ranked by Entertainment Weekly HERE.

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The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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There’s never been a creative boom for TV like the one we are living through right now. Ever since The Sopranos changed the game at the turn of the century, we’ve been in a gold rush that gives no signs of slowing down. What better moment to look back and celebrate the greatest shows in the history of the art form?

So Rolling Stone Magazine undertook a major poll – actors, writers, producers, critics, showrunners. Legends like Carl Reiner and Garry Marshall, who sent us his ballot shortly before his death this summer. All shows from all eras were eligible; anybody could vote for whatever they felt passionate about, from the black-and-white rabbit-ears years to the binge-watching peak-TV era. The ratings didn’t matter – only quality. The voters have spoken – and, damn, did they have some fierce opinions. On this list you’ll find vintage classics and new favorites, ambitious psychodramas and stoner comedies, underrated cult gems ripe for rediscovery, cops and cartoons and vampire slayers. You’ll find the groundbreaking creations of yesteryear as well as today’s innovators. (There was nothing like Transparent or Orange Is the New Black or Game of Thrones a few years ago, but who could imagine this list without them?) The list is guaranteed to start plenty of loud arguments – but the beauty of TV is how it keeps giving us so much to argue about.

Check out the list HERE.

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The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time

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Think of the gear you can’t live without: The smartphone you constantly check. The camera that goes with you on every vacation. The TV that serves as a portal to binge-watching and -gaming. Each owes its influence to one model that changed the course of technology for good.

It’s those devices we’re recognizing in this list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time.

Some of these, like Sony’s Walkman, were the first of their kind. Others, such as the iPod, propelled an existing idea into the mainstream. Some were unsuccessful commercially, but influential nonetheless. And a few represent exciting but unproven new concepts (looking at you Oculus Rift).

Rather than rank technologies—writing, electricity, and so on—we chose to rank gadgets, the devices by with consumers let the future creep into their present.

The list—which is ordered by influence—was assembled and deliberated on at (extreme) length by TIME’s technology and business editors, writers and reporters. Read the list HERE.

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TIME 100 – The 100 Most Influential People In The World, The 2016 List

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TIME reveals the 2016 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue features six worldwide covers, each featuring a member of the TIME 100: Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicki Minaj, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christine Lagarde and Priyanka Chopra.

The TIME 100 features often-surprising pairings of the list members and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. The thirteenth annual list includes: Jennifer Lawrence on Adele, Bill and Melinda Gates on Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, John Kerry on Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Bloomberg on Eli Broad, Lena Dunham on Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Diane von Furstenberg on Karlie Kloss, Misty Copeland on Stephen Curry, J.J. Abrams on Lin-Manuel Miranda, Scott Kelly  on Lester Holt, Samantha Power on Angela Merkel, Bob Iger on Tim Cook, Lorne Michaels on Justin Trudeau, Ta-Nehisi Coates on Ryan Coogler, Rita Moreno on Gina Rodriguez, President Barack Obama on Aung San Suu Kyi,  Joe Biden on Pope Francis, Ridley Scott on Palmer Luckey, Alfonso Cuarón on Gael García Bernal, Bono on John Kerry, Janet Yellen on Christine Lagarde, Tina Fey  on Ronda Rousey, Mitt Romney on Paul Ryan, Donatella Versace on  Riccardo Tisci, Elton John on Darren Walker and many more.

The list features four U.S. presidential candidates, including Amy Klobuchar on Hillary Clinton, Renee Ellmers on Donald Trump, Robert Reich on Bernie Sanders and Scott Walker on Ted Cruz. Other U.S. political figures include, Barack Obama, Paul Ryan, Nikki Haley, John Kerry and  Reince Priebus.

Other writers include Alfonso Cuarón, John McCain, Mario Andretti, Lee Daniels, Robert Redford, Lil Wayne, David Simon, Stephen Hawking, Rachel Maddow, Anthony Bourdain, Tony Romo, Eve Ensler, Donatella Versace, Melissa Etheridge, Ai Weiwei, Lindsey Graham and more.

Barack Obama is on the list for the 11th time, more than any other person on the list. Other repeats include: Hillary Clinton (10), Angela Merkel (8), Xi Jinping (7), Kim Jong Un (6), Aung San Suu Kyi (5), Vladimir Putin (5), Pope Francis (4), Christine Lagarde (4), Mark Zuckerberg (3), Recep Tayyip Erdogan (3), Paul Ryan (2), Adele (2), Leonardo DiCaprio (2) and Alan Stern (2).

This year’s list features 40 women, including, Christine Lagarde,Hillary Clinton, Priscilla Chan, Priyanka Chopra, Angela Merkel, Kathleen Kennedy, Caitlyn Jenner, Gen. Lori Robinson, Charlize Theron, Taraji P. Henson, Melissa McCarthy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Elena Ferrante, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Gina Rodriguez, Nicki Minaj, Marilynne Robinson and more.

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Katie Ledecky, 19, is the youngest person on the list. The oldest person on the list is the artist Yayoi Kusama, who is 87.

See the 2016 TIME 100 full list, tributes, videos and photos HERE.

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A Road Trip To The 25 Best Barbecue Spots In America

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While plenty of people have documented their journeys to all the Major League stadiums, theme parks, national parks and monuments, across this great land, Men’s Journal can think of no better adventure to take with your friends and family than finding the best, most unique, and authentically American barbecue eateries in the country.

These are the places that serve the best brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, all in their own different, and largely regional styles. From New York to the midwest, the dirty south, Texas, and all the way to the west coast, whether they use lots of sauce or dry rub, the one thing all of these joints have in common is that they’re all places meat lovers should make the trip to visit.

Check out the porkalicious list HERE.

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50 Insane Pop Culture Gifts That Actually Exist

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Refinery29 has complied a list of 50 insane pop culture gifts that actually exist.

Fun items include a Flux Capacitor Car Charger , the Star Wars Dream Desk, Sex Panther Cologne, Golden Girls Coasters or the Top Gun leather jacket. Check out the list HERE.

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Toys R Us Unveils The 2015 Holiday Hot Toy List

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Jingle bells are ringing in the distance, which can only mean one thing – the holiday shopping season is fast approaching. With parents and gift-givers eager to buy the best toys this season has to offer, Toys“R”Us today revealed its highly anticipated 2015 Holiday Hot Toy List, comprised of 36 new playthings categorized by age from Baby’s First Christmas to Big Kids. Following months of carefully identifying, researching and experimenting with hundreds of toys, Toys“R”Us experts have selected items sure to be at the top of kids’ wish lists. Featuring a wide assortment of toys, games, dolls and collectibles, shoppers can see the full list at Toysrus.com/HotToys and follow the conversation on social media using #TRUHotToyList.

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The Toys R Us Fabulous 15: The Cream of The Crop: Among the 36 items named to the Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List are the “Fabulous 15,” expected to be the most sought-after and anticipated items of the holiday season:

– Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo from Fisher-Price
– Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie from Just Play
– Imaginext Ultra T-Rex from Fisher-Price
– PAW Patrol PAW Patroller from Spin Master
– Barbie Saddle ‘N Ride Horse from Mattel
– Little Live Pets Clever Keet from Moose Toys
– Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Doll from Toys“R”Us
– LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack
– Shopkins Fashion Boutique Playset from Moose Toys
– Smart Toy Bear from Fisher-Price
– Star Wars BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber from Hasbro
– NERF N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster from Hasbro
– Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid from Thinkway Toys
– Guitar Hero Live from Activision
– Meccanoid G15 from Spin Master

Check out the list HERE!

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The Must List: Ranking The Best In 25 Years of Pop Culture

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Get ready to obsess over the last twenty-five years of pop culture hits, misses, and cult classics. The Must List: Ranking the Best in 25 Years of Pop Culture is an elegantly packaged, gift-worthy compilation of 100 illustrated top 25 lists celebrating the best in TV, movies, books, and music from the editors of Entertainment Weekly.

Beginning with an introduction highlighting the “25 Things We’ve Forgotten About 1990”, this full-color, deep-dive into the past twenty-five years of obsessive pop-culture coverage features the magazine’s incisive criticism, trademark humor, and 2,500 amazing moments.

Featured topics include: Greatest Villains, One-Hit Wonders, Best Superheroes, Mobsters, Zombies, Dystopias, Shocking Snubs, Unsexiest Sexy Moments, British Imports, Memorable Deaths, Late Night Comedy Wars, and many more binge-worthy lists.

The 192 page hardcover will be released on October 6, 2015.

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