This year, humanity landed on its first comet, a child was born to a woman with a transplanted womb, and a fossilized sea shell forced us to reconsider our conceptions of human culture. Those are just a taste of the 20 achievements, innovations, and advances we've selected for our roundup of 2014's biggest scientific breakthroughs.
It looks like Jessica Drew is ditching the Spider-Spandex! For the first time since Spider-Woman made her début in 1977, the character is receiving a fabulous new costume redesign as part of her ongoing standalone series.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson just spent $70m on the most expensive house ever in Beverly Hills.
The 35-year-old Swedish video game developer, who made a few bob after selling Mojang to Microsoft for $2.5bn, won a bidding war for the insanely luxurious house, reportedly beating out competition from Jay Z and Beyonce.
What kind of Beverly Hills house does $70m get you? Well, it has an automated 54 foot curved glass door in the living room that opens onto an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains and spectacular views. Oh, and cases of Dom Perignon were part of the deal.