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Mondays interactive Google doodle dives deep into Adams lore. The cup of tea calls back Adamss series of Dirk Gently detective novels. Opening the door on the left reveals Marvin, the paranoid android from the Hitchhikers series. And the digital pad plays short animations that crack wise about everything from the fictitious babel fish to the classic Adams quote, The knack [to flying] lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

The day that Adams died, Oxford University professor and author that, Science has lost a friend, literature has lost a luminary, the mountain gorilla and the black rhino have lost a gallant defender (he once climbed Kilimanjaro in a rhino suit to raise money to fight the cretinous trade in rhino horn), Apple Computer has lost its most eloquent apologist.

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Google threw a space-ring birthday party for Douglas Adams on Monday. The author of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy would have turned 61 today.

Veterinarian Jack Reece has worked at Help in Suffering, an animal hospital in Jaipur, India, since 1998 and has helped eliminate rabies in the city.

Twenty years later, the BBC created a TV series that checked in on the various species. The six-part series enjoyed an audience of more than 3 million British viewers. Adams, however, was not able to participate. He died in 2001. Actor and comedian Stephen Fry stood in for Adams.

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Jack Reece helps a Noahs Ark of animals in India

Google celebrates Douglas Adams, author of the The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Humor, with a reference-packed doodle.

This month marks another important Adams milestone. Last Friday was the 35th anniversary of his radio drama The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Few remember that the BBC radio show predates the books and TV show. Of course, its easy to forget, given that the first episode aired in the rather lonesome 10:30 p.m. time slot. The primary actors Mark Wing-Davey, Peter Jones, and Simon Jones would go on to portray the same characters inHumor Douglas Adams The hitchhikers guide to humor and science (+video the BBC TV show that followed a few years later.

But Google designs its doodles as a celebration of life, not a reflection on death. After all,new york asian escort the search-engine giant honors great thinkers and artists on their birthdays, not the anniversaries of their death. So grab a towel (which, as Adams taught us, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have), check out The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (whether as a book, radio drama, movie, or live performance), and whatever you do: Dont Panic!

Adams often moved between media. In 1989, he and zoologist Mark Carwardine worked on a radio documentary and book about endangered species. Last Chance to See highlighted the precarious conditions of many exotic animals, including the aye-aye, komodo dragon, and Yangtze River dolphin.

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We put a big map of the world on a wall, Mr. Carwardine told the BBC. Douglas stuck a pin in everywhere he ncied going, I stuck a pin in where all the endangered animals were, and we made a journey out of every place that had two pins.

From elephants to bufloes, dogs to donkeys, Help in Suffering (HIS), a nonprofit animal welre group in Jaipur, India, treats animals large and small at low or no cost.

Drones are not just for tracking terrorists abroad. Some 327 are authorized to fly in US airspace most for military training. But as their numbers grow, so is domestic scrutiny.

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