Skepchick Quickies 12.18

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker premiered on December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburg. I don’t like much about the holiday season (humbug!) but I do like listening to The Nutcracker on loop.


Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  2. Seconding Jackal – Purell is made of ethyl alcohol, not triclosan. If bacteria gains resistance to alcohol-based antibacterials, we have a big problem on our hands.

  3. And yeah, I know that the article actually discusses the difference, but those kinds of leading headlines are ripe for rampant misinterpretation.

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