Italy: Town square to become giant Risk board

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Just remember, players: Never start a land war in Asia.

A small Italian town is transforming its main square into a giant Risk board for a two-day tournament, it’s reported.

The piazza in Sant’Eufemia a Maiella, located deep within Italy’s central Majella National Park, will be covered with a 650-sq-m (7,000-sq-ft) board as part of the event later this month, the local Il Centro website reports. It’s billed as the biggest game of Risk in the world by the event’s organisers. Artist Liberio Furlini spent 15 days painting the huge political map of the world used in the game. Super-sized playing pieces designed to fit with the gigantic board will be used by those taking part.

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Extinct giant penguin found in shed

A bird that would have towered above today’s largest species is rediscovered thanks to 3D printing.

A giant penguin that would have towered above today’s largest species has been discovered in a New Zealand university’s storage shed, it’s been reported.

The fossilised bones of the as-yet unnamed bird had remained in storage at Auckland University since 1971, until the advent of 3D printing helped experts confirm that it was “almost certainly” a new type of giant penguin, Radio New Zealand International reports. The new technology meant that Dr Daniel Thomas was able to scan the bones to an American palaeontologist, and they were able to determine the bird would have stood at least 30cm taller than an emperor penguin, and taller than the extinct Kairuku penguin, whose remains were identified in 2012. “I imagine an emperor would have run away scared,” Dr Thomas said, pointing out that he was still unsure if the 4ft 3in (1.3m) specimen was a juvenile or an adult.