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Showcase: A new horned dinosaur

November 24, 2012

Researchers have discovered a new species of dinosaur in Canada and have named it Xenoceratops. The dinosaur is said to have been 20 feet long and weighed around two tonnes.

The new find has a strange pattern of horn on its face, such as a distinctive spike over each eye, and had a large frill crested by two large horns, it is said that this large bodied dinosaur roamed the earth some 80 million years ago.

The researchers said that this dino species used its birdlike beak to graze on cattle, ferns and flowers in primeval river deltas. Xenoceratops foremostensis is the 16th unique horned dinosaur species found in Canada to date.

Brad Pitt: now furniture designer

Recently, Pitt showcased his own designed range of furniture at a two-day exhibition in Pollaro, New York, in partnership with furniture maker Frank Pollaro (designed by Pitt and made by Pollaro). The luxury collection of well-structured furniture includes dining tables, side tables, chairs, bed sets and a lot more using gold in some.

This new hobby doesn’t come out of the blue and according to Brad Pitt, he has “been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered (Charles Rennie) Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright.”

And according to Frank Pollaro, “the designs are 100 per cent Brad’s”. But friends if you ‘wish’ to purchase just a chair from Pitt’s collection, you ought to have at least $45,000!

Besides, if you are a fan of zombie movies, here is some news for you: the 46-year-old furniture designer-cum-actor is playing a zombie killer in his upcoming film based on Max Brooks’ best-selling novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

Yes, Pitt plays as the United Nations employee who goes across the world to stop a zombie pandemic that is taking over the military as well as the government, and threatening to destroy humanity. The movie is scheduled to release next year in June.

Record sales for latest Call of Duty game

The blockbuster video game Call of Duty’s latest instalment Call of Duty: Black Ops II gathered in more than $500 million in the first 24 hours of its release around the globe and have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for Harry Potter and Star Wars, the two most successful movie franchises of all time, making it “the biggest entertainment launch of the year,” said its publisher.

“Call of Duty has become more than a product people buy, it’s a brand people buy into,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. And every November we do more than just the launch of a game, we kick off an annual, unofficial but worldwide phenomenon called the Call of Duty season.”

YouTube coming to the Wii

The new console Wii U has YouTube app in it and is available in the US — for the instant downloads are free. YouTube is already available to 400 million devices worldwide including the major consoles like Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

The new console is nicely designed, with a tablet controller that functions as an extra screen while users play games. The new configuration also opens up the possibility for what Nintendo calls asymmetrical play, which means that one player in a game has different tasks than his fellow players. For example, in New Super Mario Bros, you, the player holding the tablet gets limited control over the game’s setting and can create blocks to help or hinder other players.

The console also works with existing Wii remote controllers.— Aamir Raz Soomro