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The Drill Down 481: E3 2017 Wrap-Up
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TDD-481 E3

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, E3, the Super Bowl for game developers, Uber fails again, and, much much more.

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Valentine’s Day 2014: 5 Last-Minute Charitable Gift Ideas
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Valentine’s Day 2014: Last-Minute Charitable Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is here and you still don’t have a gift for that someone special. Or maybe you want a little something extra to go with those flowers and chocolate? Or maybe you have a friend or loved one you want to let know you’re thinking of them? Or maybe you want to teach your children about helping others on this international day of love? Or maybe you’re shopping for the person who has everything?

If any of these apply – or, if you just feel like giving to those in need – here’s a stress-free solution for you: give a charitable gift this Valentine’s Day.

Here’s our list of 5 Last-Minute Charitable Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day.

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Foster The People Singer Climbs Kilimanjaro To Raise Awareness Of Global Clean Water Crisis
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Summit On The Summit - Global Clean Water Crisis

Musician/activist Kenna and a team of people, including singer Mark Foster of the band Foster The People, recently climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise awareness of the global clean water crisis.

Once at the 16,000-foot-high summit of Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest mountain, Kenna and Foster made a video about their experience and why they embarked on it. You can watch that video here below.

Visit Summit On The Summit for more information on this project (and there’s tons of info there, as well as ways to contribute); the site also has a game you can play where you can virtually climb the 7 routes of Kilimanjaro and qualify to win prizes from big-name companies.

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Blu-ray Deal: Life/Planet Earth: Special Edition
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Life / Planet Earth: Special Edition

In honor of Earth Day today, the Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon is Life/Planet Earth: Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray for 54% off.

This set combines two popular BBC nature series — Life and Planet Earth — both narrated by David Attenborough.

– Life/Planet Earth: Special Edition Blu-ray – $54.99 (down from $119.98)
– Life/Planet Earth: Special Edition DVD – $45.99 (down from $99.98)

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James Cameron To Explore Deepest Part Of Ocean For ‘Deepsea Challenge’
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James Cameron Deepsea Challenge

When James Cameron isn’t making sci-fi, horror, and action blockbusters, or movies that destroy box office records and then movies to destroy those box office records, he enjoys going on deep sea expeditions…as is a hobby for many of us.

Cameron, who was named an honorary National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence in 2011, has visited Titanic and observed the aliens of the deep, but now he plans a historic expedition not yet accomplished by anyone else on our planet.

Next up for the director is the Deepsea Challenge expedition, which will go somewhere man has never gone before: the deepest known point of the deepest part of the whole ocean, the Mariana Trench.

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Geeks In Space: Will The First Proof Of Alien Life Come From A Waterworld?
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Artist View Of Planet GJ 1214b Orbiting Red Dwarf

NASA scientists have been making a lot of exciting discoveries lately, including numerous Earth-like planets that might just be far enough from their stars to be habitable for otherworldly lifeforms.

But the latest planet to be reported on might just be the best chance yet at proving that there is in fact other forms of life out there. And why is that? you might ask. Well, because the majority of it is made up of water.

The planet, currently being called GJ 1214b, is 2.7 times larger than Earth (and weighs 7 times more) but smaller than Uranus, and sits only 40 light years from our own planet—placing it within the constellation Ophiuchus (The Serpent Bearer), and remarkably close to us, which means it will be a primary candidate for further study with new observational technologies.

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Great News: Dead Satellite To Hit The U.S. Tomorrow
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UARS

So, by the way, apparently a school bus-sized now-dead satellite that’s been orbiting the Earth for 20 years is about to fall from the sky this weekend and plummet into the United States.

According to NASA, the 6 1/2-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite should have fallen to Earth this afternoon, but it’s traveling slower than originally thought. Therefore, those of us here in the United States can expect to be hit with debris some time tomorrow.

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Geeks In Space: Unbelievable Flyover View Of Earth From Orbit
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Earth Flyover

A video was recorded by the International Space Station as it orbits our planet, giving us a fast–travel flyover view of the world we live in.

The video is absolutely stunning with lights and water and clouds bursting with electric charges like a natural lightning fireworks display. It’s so incredible to see, in fact, that it’s hard to believe it’s even real. What has Roland Emmerich been up to lately? Anyone? Bueller?

You too can go on this quick–yet–powerful space adventure by checking out the video below now!

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‘Harry Potter’ Fans Blamed For Decline In Owl Population In India
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Snowy OwlIndia’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said that owls in the country are being taken from the wild by Harry Potter fans who want to keep the birds as pets. It’s unclear what evidence Ramesh has to back up his claim, but he said that the decline of owls in the wild coincided with the increased popularity of Harry Potter in India. He also said that urban middle classes families were, in part, responsible because they were capturing owls to give as pets to their children who like Harry Potter. Meanwhile, the wildlife group Traffic reported that wild owls in India are being illegally trapped and traded to be used for black magic rituals and other purposes.

In the Harry Potter film and book series, the boy wizard has a snowy owl named Hedwig who is his faithful companion.

This story really struck a nerve with me. I happen to love owls and every year I adopt a Snowy Owl from Defenders of Wildlife, an organization dedicated to help protect the species out in the wild. If a child really loves owls now thanks to Harry Potter, then the best thing a parent can do is donate to a wildlife fund dedicated to protecting owls — NOT take the owls from their natural environment and keep them as a pet. If middle class families are doing this, that means they can spare the $25 for the donation, which includes a small plush owl, a personalized certificate, a photo of the owl, and a fact sheet. (See this photo of one of my cats, Sixx, sitting with Snowy, my plush owl that came with my donation to Defenders of Wildlife.)

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And The Elusive Answer To The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Is…Kevin Costner?
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Gulf Coast Oil Spill

As many of you know, on April 20th a massive oil well in the Gulf of Mexico ruptured causing an explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, leading to the devastating leakage of millions of gallons of oil on a daily basis. The initial explosion caused the death of eleven workers on the rig, and the oil spill has killed countless animals and other living creatures.

Since this catastrophe has unfolded, experts of all levels and areas have been working desperately to try and figure out a way to not only contain the relentless gushing of oil into the waters, but also a way to clean up the oil that pollutes the water already.

At first, the best idea that they could come up with was to throw a box over the leak and suck up all of the oil…which did not go very well. After that, it was thought that some sort of sponge or absorption device would be the best bet. Now, the LA Times is reporting that the very best option might just lie in the hands of none other than actor Kevin Costner.

Click over to find out what Costner has to offer, and to see a video of the efforts so far.

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