Scientists’ eureka moments awarded – Australia News

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One of the country’s top prizes went to Victorian researchers who are designing oxygen machines for developing countries that can operate without electricity.

VICTORIAN scientists who are making oxygen machines to keep babies alive, even during power cuts, and using data to map suicide and self-harm hot spots have been honoured tonight.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, which celebrate the finest science in the country, saw six of the state’s researchers recognised across 15 categories.

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Science wasn’t always the obvious choice for one of the winners, Monash University’s Professor Geoffrey Webb.

It was a fork in the road moment where he could have become a philosopher or a computer scientist that led him into the world of data.

The mapping project will use ambulance data to track the mental health of men and identify opportunities to help them.

The mapping project will use ambulance data to track the mental health of men and identify opportunities to help them.Source:Supplied

In the years since, the amount of information collected and the capacity of computers has increased significantly; from the mobile phone apps that record where people go to the data collected by our searches online, it’s a field of science that knows almost no bounds.

Data scientists use their mathematical skill, computer knowledge and creative thinking to make sense of vast amounts of data.

His projects include a world-first attempt to take ambulance call outs for self-harm and suicide to improve prevention measures and patches that monitor the heart rate…

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