Forty-nine finalists have been shortlisted for the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
Entries have been received from the brightest minds across the country, with projects ranging from underwater robots that target the venomous Crown-of-Thorns Starfish, to the latest in microscopic 3D imaging technology developed through open source design.
Finalists even include two primary school students with a theory that red-lensed goggles may give our Olympic swimmers an advantage in the pool at Rio this year.
Now in its 27th year, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes recognise excellence in research and innovation, leadership, science communication and school science across a broad spectrum – from environmental innovative technologies, to science journalism, mentoring and for the first time, citizen science.
The winners of the 16 prizes will be announced in the presence of more than 600 science, government, industry and media leaders at the Eureka Prizes Award Dinner at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 31 August 2016.