Welcome to Sunday! The top five articles on our site over the past week are displayed below.

Editor’s pick: Over the past week, western wildfires have spread smoke and haze over the entire United States, triggering unhealthy air alerts as far away as Philadelphia. In an article we published earlier this month, environmental toxicologist Luke Montrose of Boise State University explains how wildfire smoke differs from other forms of pollution – and why under certain conditions, it can be more dangerous to human health.

Emily Costello

Managing Editor

Put into context, the benefits of vaccination still far outweigh the risks of rare adverse events. PenWin/iStock via Getty Images Plus

New COVID-19 vaccine warnings don’t mean it’s unsafe – they mean the system to report side effects is working

Justin Vesser, University of Virginia

Ongoing tracking is meant to spot very rare risks – like the connection between the Johnson & Johnson shot and Guillain-Barré syndrome. And it relies on public reporting.

Part of a portable nuclear power plant arrives at Camp Century in 1960. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

The US Army tried portable nuclear power at remote bases 60 years ago – it didn’t go well

Paul Bierman, University of Vermont

Nearly 60 years after a radiation-leaking reactor was removed from a US Army base on the Greenland ice sheet, the military is exploring portable nuclear reactors again.