Spiky science lessons

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | Opinion - Tom Zaun­mayr

Spinifex, it is spiky and ev­ery­where.

One of the most com­mon phrases heard across the Pil­bara is “bloody spinifex” — usu­ally yelled out by peo­ple who have fool­ishly de­cided to go walk­ing around the bush in thongs.

Now the boffins at Kings Park, the Univer­sity of WA and WA Her­bar­ium have re­leased an app so you can iden­tify the spinifex that has just ru­ined your legs.

But spinifex is spinifex right? Wrong. There are 28 types of spinifex in the Pil­bara alone.

The free Spikey app was de­signed for land man­agers, mine restoration work­ers, seed col­lec­tors and botanists, but we be­lieve the real re­search is in find­ing out which type of spinifex is the most painful.

So down­load the app, sub­mit your legs to science (ie go walk through some spinifex) and tell us which species hurt the most.

Cit­i­zen science is great.

It’s all rel­a­tive

Last week we brought you Jodie Gan­dolfo’s $300 Hed­land-Kar­ratha-Hed­land KFC run, and of course it re­sulted in a bit of one-up­man­ship.

The coastal chicken run is a 500km round trip, but that is a “cute” dis­tance for some of our in­land coun­ter­parts.

New­man­ite Grant Eden rightly pointed out the 1300km feat of hu­man per­se­ver­ance un­der­taken by res­i­dents of the East Pil­bara to get a feed of fried chook.

Not to be out­done, Broome res­i­dent Ty­ron O’neill Cor­pus chimed in to re­mind us all of the 1700km round trip for those who call the North West out­post home.

Panna panache

They don’t run an or­di­nary show out in Pan­na­won­ica.

Case in point: have you ever seen an ad­ver­tise­ment for a golf tour­na­ment ac­com­pa­nied with fast-paced, dra­matic mu­sic? No you have not.

Not un­til the Panna Heights Golf Club re­leased an iMovie promo for its up­com­ing Panna Open at the end of the month, that is.

The video will be up on our Face­book page and bills the course as “one of the most chal­leng­ing in the Pil­bara”.

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