The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
What if gut-bacteria communities "remember" past antibiotic exposures? In a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Stanford researchers found repeated use of an antibiotic that is generally considered benign induces cumulative and persistent changes in the composition of the beneficial microbial species inhabiting the human gut.
Stanford researchers develop flexible electronic skin: A team of researchers at Stanford have designed a flexible highly sensitive sensor that one day could be manufactured in large sheets and used as artificial "skin" for prosthetic limbs.
"Natural" or not, chicken nuggets are high in fat, sodium: A discussion on the nutritional value of chicken nuggets, which a Consumer Reports Health investigation found to be are high in fat and sodium.
Wired launches a science blog network: On Tuesday, Wired Science followed in the footsteps of the Public Library of Science and introduced a new network of science blogs, including ones focused on infectious disease, neuroscience and behavior.
A closer look at depression and distress among medical students: Past research has shown that many medical students struggle with depression, anxiety and other mental-health issues. Now, two papers in the Sept. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association take a closer look at the prevalence - and effect - of depression and distress among students.