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  1. Tech

    Ripley’s Exoskeleton From Aliens Is Real And You Can Buy One

    We've all seen the clip from James Cameron's 1986 film Aliens, where Sigourney Weaver (as eternal badass Ellen Ripley) puts the smack-down on an alien queen while wearing a strength-enhancing exoskeleton. Looks like the folks over at Panasonic have seen it too, because they've manufactured their own version - and are going to start mass-production.

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  2. Science

    “Terminator” Polymer Discovered, Capable of Healing Itself

    Spanish scientists, who have apparently never seen a James Cameron film, have developed a new polymer that spontaneously heals itself. Dubbing the material the “Terminator” polymer, after the T-1000 (played by Robert Patrick in Terminator 2), the scientists maintain that the material’s true use is to improve the lifetime of everyday plastic products.

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  3. Entertainment

    James Cameron Working With Steven Charles Gould to Pen Four Avatar Novels

    The universe of one of the most visually stunning movies in the past few years will now be relegated to our mind's eye: James Cameron-- who hasn't yet finished the screenplay the three Avatar sequels-- is now working with science fiction writer Steven Charles Gould to write four stand-alone novels set in the Avatar universe.

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  4. Science

    James Cameron Donates Submarine to Science, Puts All Other Directors to Shame

    Tyrannical director, film producer, screenwriter, and self-proclaimed "king of the world" James Cameron, to be fair, has done a lot. Maybe he helmed his movies and projects with an ego and a serious dose of bluster, but the man is also a deep-sea explorer who leveled up the science of  aquatic cinematography and robotics. Now he's doing it again, but this time by letting go of the wheel. Cameron has donated his own personal submersible -- which, not coincidentally, looks like something out of The Abyss -- to science. Specifically, to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with which he's had a longstanding relationship.

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  5. Space

    Serenity Now: Startup Will Send “FireFly” Spacecraft to Prospect Mineable Asteroids

    Asteroids have been catching our attention a lot lately. Apophis was found to be larger and more dangerous than initially believed just in time for it to pass by Earth at 9.3 million miles. NASA has a potential plan to give the Moon its own moon by capturing an asteroid. The European Space Agency is sending up a pair of craft to test asteroid deflection methods. Now the startup Deep Space Industries plans to send "FireFly" spacecraft to explore near-earth asteroids to see if they can mine them for resources.

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  6. Entertainment

    Room for One More? Mythbusters Prove Leonardo DiCaprio Could Fit On the Raft In Titanic

    The ending of the movie Titanic has been a cinematic bone of contention for the ages. Relationships have been shattered and children disowned as a result of the senseless bickering between the two camps --  folks who take Cameron at his word that the wardrobe door could not have preserved the lives of both star-crossed lovers, and other people (yours truly included) who have always believed that there was pretty clearly room for two people, and the whole ending was a piece of idiocy that ruined an otherwise excellent film. Thanks to the Mythbusters crew, we can now shorten the title of the second camp -- you can just refer to us as "the people who were right." Want proof that both Jack and Rose could have lived to see another day, bet married, and probably grow sick of one another in due time? Let's go to the tape.

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  7. Space

    James Cameron, Google Founders, and Ross Perot Jr. Fund Mysterious Space Venture Company

    MIT's Technology Review reports that this coming, April 24, a new space venture company will be announced at Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. The company, sporting the kind of scary name an evil, faceless corporation in a sci-fi film would have, Planetary Resources, has some pretty famous backing, including James Cameron, Ross Perot Jr., Google co-founders Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and Charles Simonyi, known for overseeing the creation of Microsoft Office. With the somewhat foreshadowing company name and the prestige of its backers, MIT speculates that the new company could very well be an asteroid mining company, especially due to some wordage in its press release.

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  8. Entertainment

    James Cameron To Make New BattleBots-Type Show Robogeddon

    In addition to doing a bunch of ocean-related things, James Cameron is going to be working with robots. Specifically, he's going to be creating Robogeddon, a new dueling robots show a la BattleBots for the Discovery Channel. Details are spare at the moment, but what else do you really need to know aside from the fact that blade-wielding robots will soon return to TV and destroy each other solely for the pleasure of meatbags like us? Probably nothing, but there are a few other noteworthy folks involved.

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  9. Science

    New CGI Envisioning of How the Titanic Actually Sank [Video]

    Everyone knows that the Titanic sank almost 100 years ago when it hit an iceberg. That much is common knowledge. How exactly it sank, on the other hand, has been the focus of plenty of speculation. As a lead up for a new documentary on the legendary disaster that will air this Sunday, National Geographic has released a new CGI rendering of what the disaster looked like according to James Cameron and his team of researchers. 100 years later and we're still trying to nail down the details, but we've figured out one thing for sure: Never call your ship unsinkable out loud, it's bad luck.

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  10. Weird

    James Cameron Completes Record-Breaking Mariana Trench Dive

    Director James Cameron, who recently attempted a record-breaking dive to the deepest known point in the world's oceans, has successfully completed his mission, snagging the recording and whole bunch of footage for, you guessed it, a movie. After a two and a half hour descent to, and then a 70 minute ascent from, the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, Cameron -- unscathed but just slightly stiff -- emerged from his sub's cramped quarters holding the record for deepest solo dive, and a wealth of samples for scientific study. He may not be able to go to Pandora, but he's certainly been to the abyss.

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  11. Entertainment

    James Cameron to Venture to Challenger Deep, Ocean’s Deepest Known Point

    Director of films with one word titles like as Titanic and Avatar, James Cameron is aiming to accomplish something noteworthy that doesn't involve an Oscar, actors, or even vaguely cat-lookin' aliens; he's going to venture to the ocean's deepest depths. And maybe, just maybe, he'll find some aliens. The glowing purple and pink kind, not the cat-lookin' ones. The spot he's trying to reach, appropriately named Challenger Deep, is part of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific and the deepest known point in the world's oceans.

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  12. Entertainment

    James Cameron Says Avatar Sequels Will Be Like “Reality”

    "The 3-D shows you a window into reality. The higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window. In fact, it is just reality." James Cameron on where he plans to take his Avatar movie franchise: To a bold, new frontier of a higher frame rate, rather than a bold new frontier of doing something other than a boring, high-budget version of FernGully, where the environment is ripped straight from Final Fantasy X and the Na'vi are actually the bad guys when you think about it. Yeah, I went there. (via The A.V. Club)

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  13. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 12/11

    LotRO Has A Bunch of Ridiculous Hats (Massively) James Cameron + Cirque du Soleil Will = 3-D Movies (Hero Complex) Side Table Made of Floating Cubes (RockPaperRobotFloat) The Navy Tests a Mach 8 Railgun \m/ (Wired) First Footage of Journey From the People Who Made Flow and Flower (GameInformer) Fox Releases Synopsis for X-Men: First Class (ScreenRant) Weta Builds Functioning Sentry Gun, Gives it to Valve (Kotaku)

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  14. Entertainment

    Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 Slated for 2014, 2015 Release Dates

    Avatar director and pioneering submariner James Cameron has announced that he has signed a deal with Fox to direct both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. The films are slated for release in December 2014 and December 2015, respectively. Cameron's statement:

    It is a rare and remarkable opportunity when a filmmaker gets to build a fantasy world, and watch it grow, with the resources and partnership of a global media company. AVATAR was conceived as an epic work of fantasy – a world that audiences could visit, across all media platforms, and this moment marks the launch of the next phase of that world. With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at Twentieth Century Fox. Our goal is to meet and exceed the global audience's expectations for the richness of AVATAR’s visual world and the power of the storytelling. In the second and third films, which will be self contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of AVATAR’s visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild.
    (THR via Bleeding Cool)

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  15. Entertainment

    Avatar 2 Will Film In the Mariana Trench (Sort Of)

    James Cameron has been saying for a while now that he's going to build a submarine and visit the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and now we know why. Other than, you know, the thrill of discovery and being a part of the second team in history to do it, and the first in fifty years. He's going to take some stock footage for Avatar 2.

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