Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe it’s 2022. In some ways, time feels stuck in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic. But looking back at the past year and forward to the New Year, we can see how much has changed.

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Now let’s ring in the New Year together with our Top 10 most popular stories of 2021. And here's to a (hopefully) better year ahead!

Lisa Varano

Audience Development Editor

Year in Review: Most Popular Stories of 2021

The world must not look away as the Taliban sexually enslaves women and girls

Vrinda Narain, McGill University

Emboldened by success in Afghanistan, the Taliban is now ordering religious leaders to provide them with lists of girls over the age of 15 to enter into ‘marriages’ to Taliban fighters.

Second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: FAQs about blood clots, safety, risks and symptoms

Dawn ME Bowdish, McMaster University; Ishac Nazy, McMaster University

Answers to key questions about rare blood clots linked to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, including risks, symptoms and whether people who have had one AstraZeneca shot should have a second.

When your dream job is a nightmare

Lisa Cohen, McGill University; Sandra E. Spataro, Northern Kentucky University

So you snagged your dream job. And it quickly became the stuff of nightmares, filled with mundane tasks and drudgery. What can employees and employers do?

AstraZeneca second dose: Should I get the same vaccine or choose Pfizer or Moderna?

Alexander Wong, University of Saskatchewan

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians got a shot of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for their first dose. They now have a choice for their second dose: AstraZeneca again, or Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine?

Government-ordered COVID-19 lockdowns are actually unethical, and here’s why

James Sikkema, McMaster University

Different levels of governments have ordered physical distancing measures of varying degrees, but are they truly lawful?

A second impeachment is just the start of Trump’s legal woes

Thomas Klassen, York University, Canada

After Joe Biden assumes the presidency next week, Donald Trump may face criminal and civil charges at both the federal and state levels for actions before and during his tenure as president.

The recent appearance of unexplained monoliths offers connections to the ancient past

Andrew Roddick, McMaster University; Anna Guengerich, Eckerd College

Polished metal monoliths recently appeared in remote locations around the world. In some ways, they’re not unusual — standing stones have been important in many historical cultures of the world.

Our climate projections for 2500 show an Earth that is alien to humans

Christopher Lyon, McGill University; Alex Dunhill, University of Leeds; Andrew P. Beckerman, University of Sheffield; Ariane Burke, Université de Montréal; Bethany Allen, University of Leeds; Chris Smith, University of Leeds; Daniel J. Hill, University of Leeds; Erin Saupe, University of Oxford; James McKay, University of Leeds; Julien Riel-Salvatore, Université de Montréal; Lindsay C. Stringer, University of York; Rob Marchant, University of York; Tracy Aze, University of Leeds

Climate change predictions often use the year 2100 as an end-point. But it’s important to consider what will happen beyond that, at least up to the year 2500.

What’s next for Trump: Will he face charges after leaving office? Will he pardon himself?

Thomas Klassen, York University, Canada

After blazing an unprecedented post-election path of inciting violence, Donald Trump’s path forward contains some potential landmines.

Why Joe Biden should emulate Canada and go big on private refugee resettlement

Robert Falconer, University of Calgary

As the U.S. considers its own private refugee sponsorship program, it should look to Canada. History shows that large-scale adoption is possible and can bridge divides on immigration.