io9's staffers have put together their favorite stories of last year, for your delectation and amusement. You may have missed these the first time, so dig in. And of course, Happy New Year to those of you who track time using the Gregorian calendar!

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Entertainment

How Could Disney Do This to Maleficent?

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Why Nobody Ever Asks If Irony Has Ruined Science Fiction

Star Wars Needs to Get Over the Jedi

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Lessons from the Surprising Success of Guardians of the Galaxy

10 Stupid Arguments People Use to Defend Comic Book Sexism

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Amazing Spoiler FAQ

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Science and Speculation

Can You Solve the Hardest Logic Puzzle in the World?

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Brian Greene Answers Your Questions About String Theory

How Humanity Will Conquer Space without Rockets

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The Secret to Holding Your Breath for 20 Minutes

How a Mysterious Body Part Called Fascia Is Challenging Medicine

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10 Pseudoscience Theories We'd Like to See Retired Forever

What Would It Take to Turn New York Into a Megacity?

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10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed to Exist

How Would Christianity Deal with Extraterrestrial Life?

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The Lost Empire that Ruled the Silk Road

What Kind of Armor Did Medieval Women Really Wear?

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