Finalists for the 25th edition of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

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Forty-four entries have been selected as finalists for the 15 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes worth a total of $150,000 in prize money. The finalists are from Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, ACT, Victoria and New South Wales.

The achievements of the 2014 Eureka Prize finalists are inspirational and vitally important for Australia,” Kim McKay AO, director and CEO of the Australian Museum said. “The finalists’ inventions and research will save lives, safeguard our environment for the future, and ensure the viability of Australian industry.”

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence in Research and Innovation, Leadership, Science Communication and Journalism, and School Science. 2014 is the 25th edition of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. They were first awarded in 1990.

The 2014 Eureka Prizes finalists have invented:

  • A $2 microscope that turns your smartphone into a mobile, web-enabled laboratory (Canberra/Sydney)
  • A simple, non-electric oxygen concentrator that could prevent hundreds of thousands of new-born deaths globally (Melbourne)
  • A virtual Planet Earth that allows you to move continents around—and backwards or forwards in time (Sydney)
  • A DVD that’s fighting parasitic worms in China (Brisbane)

They’ve discovered:

  • Which animals and plants thrive on fire in the Mallee, and which take decades to recover (Melbourne)
  • How to double grain production without using more water—through weed control, stubble maintenance and other smart management techniques (Canberra)
  • What tree rings, coral growth, ice cores, old newspapers, and leather-bound weather journals reveal about south-eastern Australia’s changing climate (Melbourne)

And, they’ve:

  • Revealed early indicators of Alzheimers by studying 1,400 people (Perth/Melbourne)
  • Brought together thousands of hours of submarine citizen science to reveal biodiversity hotspots from the poles to the tropics (Hobart)
  • Explored ocean acidification from the polar seas to the Great Barrier Reef (Sydney/Townsville)
  • Filmed ‘the crusty blue stuff’ on trees—a Central Coast NSW student exploring lichen

Read about these and the many other achievements of the 2014 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes finalists at –

Also revealed today:  top ten stunning science photographs for 2014

Ten images have been highly commended in the New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography. All 10 images are online at They’re also available for publication. Here’s one of the shots:

Bolt out of theBolt Out of the Blue blue is the result of Queenslander Peter Enright’s lucky four-second handheld exposure during a sudden summer storm at the Woodford Folk Festival. The image encapsulates the incredible power of nature.

The winners of all 15 prizes will be announced in the presence of 660 science, government, culture and media leaders at the Eureka Prizes Award Dinner at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 10 September 2014. Details about all 2014 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes finalists are now online at

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The 2014 Eureka Prizes are:

  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research
  • University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research
  • Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research
  • ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology
  • Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia
  • University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Scientific Research
  • Department of Agriculture Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture
  • 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science
  • CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science
  • University of Technology, Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers
  • Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research
  • Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Journalism
  • New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography
  • University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize – Primary
  • University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize – Secondary

A full list of finalists is at