The Man Behind 666—and the Beastly Roulette Table RIddle

That famous number? It’s not all Greek—but rather a Hebrew riddle for the most hated devil back in the day.

When Did We Start Seeing the End of the World as a Good Thing?

Raymond Bechard looks back to try to discover when and why we lost all hope—and how we can press the ‘reset’ button without annihilating ourselves in the process.

Asteroids: TIME Explains What We Really Need to Know (Video)

TIME Senior Science Editor Jeff Kluger explains, “Earth lives in a shooting gallery of asteroids, any one of which could hit us one day.”

Alternate Endings to 2012

If the world had ended this year, it might have gone something like this.

Wishing You a Happy End of the World

What if we woke up this morning and everyone saw the world differently?

The Perpetual Temptation of the End of the World

You ever wonder why we keep on predicting apocalypses even though they never come true?

Open Thread: Is the World Going to End on 12/21/2012?

Is it really the end?