[ASC-media] Eurekas - and the winners are

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com
Wed Aug 11 19:16:41 EST 2004

And the 2004 winners are

Industry and innovation
1.	A compostable plastic – that also dissolves on contact with water -
developed by Plantic Technologies Limited wins them the Australian Museum
Eureka Prize for Industry.  The company will be immortalised by having a
newly discovered species of long-legged fly species named after them -
Krakatauia planticorum.

2.	A new kind of plastic optical fibre will deliver practically
unlimited internet bandwidth to our homes and businesses at an affordable
price. The inventors – the Optical Fibre Technology Centre at the University
of Sydney – have won the $10,000 Australian Computer Society Eureka Prize
for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Innovation.

3.	A 15-year Australian campaign has resulted in a global agreement to
save the world’s oceans from the scourge of marine invaders carried in ship
ballast water and has also won the $10,000 Sherman Eureka Prize for
Environmental Research for the men who drove the science and engineering
that underpinned the campaign.

4.	Hours of watching the Murray River gave weir keeper Alan Williams
the inspiration for a trap that collects 90% of carp without harming native
fish. The achievement wins Alan Williams and Ivor Stuart the $10,000 Land &
Water Australia Eureka Prize for Water Research.

5.	The clinical performance of individual surgeons should be made
available as part of the process of giving informed consent, say Justin
Oakley and Steve Clarke, ethicists at Monash University and ANU. For their
efforts in tackling the thorny question of informed consent the pair has won
the $10,000 Australian Catholic University Eureka Prize for Research in

6.	A revolutionary glove embedded with artificial muscles that can give
movement back to people with paralysed hands has won its creator the $10,000
British Council Eureka Prize for Inspiring Science. PhD student Peter
Abolfathi of the Quadriplegic Hand Research Unit at Royal North Shore
Hospital says his glove will help people with permanent movement-loss to
perform daily functions most of us take for granted.

7.	The Vision Cooperative Research Centre in Sydney has taken out the
$10,000 Royal Societies of Australia Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary
Scientific Research for inventing the world’s first implantable contact
lens. Glued on to permanently fix poor eyesight, the revolutionary lens
offers a new solution for long and short-sighted people

8.	A bacterial seed coating should help farmers reduce the annual $200
million dollar cost of fungal attacks on crops. Its inventors from CSIRO and
Flinders University win this year’s $10,000 GRDC Eureka Prize for Research
to Improve the Environmental Sustainability of Graingrowing.

9.	One of the most exciting global advances in the systematic
protection of marine biodiversity in recent decades, the Representative
Areas Program wins the $10,000 Botanic Gardens Trust Eureka Prize for
Biodiversity Research for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

10.	Dr Sabina Belli has found an Achilles heel in the destructive bugs
that cause malaria, cryptosporosis, toxoplasmosis and other diseases – a
discovery with the potential for development of vaccines for these deadly
diseases. The UTS veterinary parasitologist wins the $10,000 University of
New South Wales Eureka Prize for Scientific Research. 

11.	“We encourage students to apply rational thinking and the rigours of
scientific method in their approach to the future,” says Cheryl Capra,
science coordinator at Queensland’s Albany Hills State Primary School and
winner of this year’s $10,000 Australian Skeptics Eureka Prize for Critical

12.	A new community education program in Western Australia called Living
Smart takes a new approach to living sustainably in the suburbs. Developed
by The Meeting Place Community Centre, City of Fremantle, Murdoch University
and Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, it wins the $10,000 Department
of Environment and Conservation Allen Strom Eureka Prize for Sustainability

13.	Tuncurry school student David Llewellyn wins the University of
Sydney Faculty of Science Eureka Prize for Biological Sciences for his work
showing that introduced weeds on the banks of rivers and ponds in New South
Wales have a detrimental effect on the waterbugs that live in the stream. 

14.	Replacing herbicides with an equivalent from nature would have
immediate environmental and health benefits according to Anna Zipf, a Year
12 student at Keebra Park State High School in Queensland. She wins the
Macquarie University Eureka Schools Prize for Earth, Environmental &
Planetary Sciences.

15.	A ‘SafeT’ car that stops you speeding and sleeping was
conceptualised by a group of Year 12 students from Murwillumbah High School
in NSW. Their ideas win them $4,000 and first place in the $10,000 Adam
Spencer /University of Sydney Eureka Schools Prize for Lateral Thinking.

16.	“Teachers are often guilty of teaching science simply as a series of
theories and laws, with little scope for negotiation,” says Tasmanian
teacher Anne Burke, research coordinator of Marist Regional College and
winner of the inaugural $10,000 Holmes à Court Eureka Prize for Science

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