Regional journalist (Goldfields–Esperance)
Hails from: Stan is now from Outback WA outback, actually Kalgoorlie, which really isn’t pukka Outback anymore. Originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Past life: Clothing production management, work, study and then real estate. Stan has always been a frustrated journalist at heart.
Favourite science: The human sciences and science fiction ("not that it’s a real science, but the endless possibilities do fire the imagination"). Health and nutrition pique his interest too, as well as anything that goes boom or zoom!
Loves: Writing, obviously! Also running, reading, riding motorcycles, movies, theatre, a great meal and friends – in fact the creative entertaining side of life. Hiking and camping too!
KALGOORLIE-Boulder's famous Golden Mile and Super Pit has not only produced more than 50 million ounces of gold but it has now produced one more precious nugget in the form of a new mineral unique to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, called kalgoorlieite.
TECHNOLOGY, in the form of five stand-alone solar-powered systems, has come to the rescue of Esperance farmers who lost electrical power due to the devastating fires in November last year.
PEOPLE travelling across the Nullarbor Plain nowadays would be used to the region’s arid nature but it may surprise some to learn that climate conditions along the Nullarbor were exactly the opposite approximately 3-5 million years ago.
TWO of the Goldfields' premier mining companies, St Barbara and manager of Kalgoorlie's famous Super Pit, KCGM, are vying for honours in the 2015 Golden Gecko Awards which are to be announced this week.
THE invasive European wasp (Vespula germanica) may be getting a foothold in Kalgoorlie-Boulder as increasing numbers of the pest’s nests are found in the area.
RESEARCHERS searching for the rare arid bronze azure butterfly (Ogyris subterrestris petrina), which recently had its conservation status upgraded to critically endangered, are utilising existing data on ant nests to find their prize.
MORE adults, tourists and fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers were infected with the potentially fatal mosquito-borne arbovirus Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE) during the most recent outbreak when WA experienced more than fifty per cent of the nation’s recorded cases.
THIRTY seven thousand captured ants tell a story of how after a fire they thrive, leave and return hundreds of years later to areas of the Great Western Woodlands (GWW).
DETAILED systematic surveys of large areas of the Nullarbor Plain have revealed a concentration of thousands of blowholes, flank margin caves and connected horizontal passages.
TECHNOLOGY developed in Australia is allowing drillers to detect rock formations deep in the earth and simultaneously survey the borehole—all during the drilling process.