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On the tech front, we obsessed about virtual reality, immortality, round-trips to Mars and dating at the swipe of a finger.

We witnessed some of the greatest moments in sports history, from American Pharoah’s triumph to Ronda Rousey’s candor in the face of a surprising defeat.

In entertainment, we shared in the excitement over the return of Adele, the continued ascension of Taylor Swift, and the total galactic takeover of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Here’s a look back at some of 2015’s most fascinating people and events.

Best of Tech 2015

Elon Musk: The Martian


One of his companies is trying to upend the auto industry. Another is trying to put people on Mars, and yet another is trying to bring electricity to everyone who needs it. Elon Musk wants to reinvent the world in a single lifetime. But is the future ready for Elon Musk?

Tinder Is The Night

Vanity Fair

Phones have become an all-day, every-day handheld singles club. But is Tinder killing romance? A debrief of twentysomethings who swipe reveals the downside of dating apps.

Mark Zuckerberg: "These Things Can't Fail"

Fast Company

As Facebook has grown, so too have CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitions. An inside look at how his vision for virtual reality, AI and drones will cement his dominance for the next decade.

Google Ventures and the Search for Immortality

Bloomberg Markets

“If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes,” says Bill Maris, president of Google Ventures. And with $425 million to invest, he’s looking for companies that will slow aging, reverse disease and extend life.

The Year in Sports

Ronda Rousey's Painful Loss

ESPN The Magazine

In Ronda Rousey’s emotional first interview since her knockout loss to Holly Holm, she is sad, angry and determined. “I need to come back. I need to beat this chick.”

Ray Rice: "Man, They Just Don't Know Who I Am"

New York Magazine

Ray Rice was among the best running backs in football. And then came that infamous elevator video and a swift fall from grace. Here, his redemption campaign.

American Pharoah: He Could Not Be Denied

Sports Illustrated

His breathtaking victory at Belmont gave racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, and American Pharoah made it look easy. His win was even sweeter than we hoped.

ESPN Body 2015

ESPN The Magazine

These athletes exhibit form and function at its furthest limits, but they also make themselves vulnerable. In this year’s lineup: Brittney Griner, Bryce Harper, The Colts’ O-linemen and more.

Having a Moment

Entertainer of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence

Entertainment Weekly

At 25, she’s an Oscar winner and Hollywood’s most bankable actress. Now, as she bids farewell to Katniss and hello to her most adult role yet, Jennifer Lawrence is done playing games.

An Empire Reboots

Vanity Fair

It’s been a decade since the last Star Wars installment. Episode VII director J.J. Abrams reveals the challenges and pleasures of taking over that “galaxy far, far away.”

The Showstopper: Misty Copeland


As the first African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland makes history, beautifully.

Gay Marriage: Wedlocked


After the Supreme Court settled the issue of gay marriage, David Moore and David Ermold applied for a marriage license in Kentucky. When they were denied, they fought back.

The Cover Wars: Adele vs. Taylor



Weren’t we told they don’t make pop stars this big anymore? Nobody bothered to tell Taylor Swift. GQ interrogates the most popular human alive.

Adele Is Music's Past, Present & Future


She’s been described as a “national treasure” and a “unicorn.” Her new album has hit historic sales numbers. But, says the humble artist, “You’re only as good as your next record.”

The Maxim Hot 100 #1: Taylor Swift


Dazzling, self-assured and ferociously talented, Taylor Swift is the world’s most relevant and intriguing woman. Now what will she do for an encore?

She's the One: Adele's Triumphant Return

Rolling Stone

With a record-setting 50 million YouTube views for her single “Hello,” Adele is back. Rolling Stone chronicles her triumphant post-heartbreak return.