Five picks from the science news

  • Fix your H, increase citations and get more grant money – Citations have become the currency of science, which is used to reward scientists and scientific institutions. Small variations in citation scores can make millions of pounds difference in the financial outcomes of national Research Assessments . Therefore keeping your citation record updated is of critical importance.
  • First February Alchemist – Something for the Alchemist to get his teeth into this week with chiton dental work offering new insights for biomimetic materials. Also, this week a sight unseen with calcite crystals revealing little but their invisibility prowess. Breath tests based on determination of acetone could be useful in sports science and training as well as diabetes monitoring. There's also a pleasant surprise for chocoholics regarding the putative health benefits of their indulgence while materials other than graphene can be made in single-atom thin layers for potential electronic and thermal applications. Finally, the National Science Foundation has given a grant to scientists in California to make the most of their sunshine.
  • Twitpic – Share photos and videos on Twitter – Somehow ended up joint #47 with the brilliant Armando Iannucci on The Independent's Top 100 most influential Twits in the UK list…wonder what Mr Iannucci makes of sharing the slot with a science writer…
  • Science video channel – Launching today, the science video channel via the Shortform widget.
  • Google, making sense of science – In an effort to foster a more open, transparent and accessible scientific dialogue, Google has started a new effort aimed at inspiring pioneering use of technology, new media and computational thinking in the communication of science to diverse audiences. Initially, they will focus on communicating the science on climate change.

From David Bradley Science Writer – five picks from the science news