Elsewhere: Misdiagnosing mummies, finding ancient stone tools in London, using built-in R functions, and darn good science writing

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 20): Archaeologist Kristina Killgrove dissects how doctors misdiagnosed the cause of death for an Ancient Egyptian mummy.

Liquid prehistory: The Urban Prehistorian discovers old Pepsi bottles (unsurprising) and much older knapped flint tools (very surprising!) along the banks of the River Thames in London.

Using apply, sapply, lapply in R: Pete from R-bloggers reviews several built-in R functions which improve the run speed of your R code by avoiding looping.  As someone with a background in Java/C++ who loves me some loops, this is Highly Recommended.

Bound for Pluto, Carrying Memories of Triton: Dennis Overbye at the New York Times covers recent findings about the shared parentage of Pluto and Triton, one of Neptune’s moons.  Watch the video for a fantastic example of science communication done right – Overbye uses the most marvelous analogies (“cantaloupe surface” and “egg-shaped orbit”) to effectively describe Pluto and Triton.