David Coil
David Coil

David Coil is a microbiologist at the University of California–Davis currently working on outreach/education and sending bacteria into space. Follow him on Twitter.

Science
May 5 2015 6:23 PMYour Beard Is Covered in BacteriaSo is everything else. Don’t fall for the latest viral freak-out.
Medical Examiner
Jan. 14 2014 10:53 AMI Would Rather Lick a Toilet Seat Than a CellphoneWhat scare stories get wrong about bacteria.
Science
March 14 2014 8:08 AMMicrobes in SpaaaaaceWhy we’re launching microbes from football fields, a dinosaur, and the Liberty Bell to the International Space Station.
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May 21 2015 2:34 PM What We Like Right Now Our favorite picks for the week of May 18, curated by Slate writers and editors. 
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Family
May 22 2015 3:45 AM Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning In 10 percent of drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for.