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James Cameron, scientist-in-chief?

March 25, 2011 |  5:11 pm

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Maybe James Cameron will have to settle for just making movies.

Well, for now.

The science-minded filmmaker had been building a 3-D camera for Mars rover Curiosity that he said would give us a better look at the Red Planet.

But the Associated Press reported Friday that NASA is stopping work on the zoom camera because there won't be enough time to test it before Curiosity launches later this year.

The move calls to mind other Hollywood personalities who have offered their help on public-works projects, notably Kevin Costner developing a device that earlier this year he said could have capped the BP oil spill (it didn't). Cameron himself was part of a government "listening session" on the disaster.

The director did say in a statement Friday that he hopes the camera technology he's developing still will be used on future space missions. In the meantime, we suppose, we'll have to live with Curiosity's images of blue-faced Zoe Saldana lookalikes in 2-D only.

-- Steven Zeitchik
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Yeah, another example of how morons in So Cal thing they're so important. In this case, NASA is looking for help. This is the same agency that's been whizzing away billions over the years on the shuttle program while the Russians are making a MANNED mission to Mars this year. Oh, and Russia also has a program this year where where they're sending up a craft to clean up a bunch of space debris. Yes, Cameron can help as much as he wants.

BRAVO James Cameron. You are trying to go where nobody went before.
I am with you. YOU have COSMIC PASSION and Intuition that may work better than SCIENCE! WE DON'T KNOW everything about PARANOMAL.
You have paranomal quality. No doubt!

Talk about someone in tinseltown full of greed, self-adoration and self-obsession. Give us a break!

CAMERON LOVES HIMSELF SO MUCH I WANT TO PUKE. HOPEFULLY, HE WILL CRAWL BACK INTO HIS HOLE AND SPARE TINSELTOWN AND MOVIE FANS HIS GREEDY, SELF-OBSESSION.

If this man has any respect for science, it's not apparent in "Avatar," where the blue people have zero competitors in their environment and so can live in nature-addled bliss until the Evil Outsiders show up.

This isn't how evolution works. Evolution works through competition, suffering, and strife. Life arises in all colors and if the blue dominates, it's because the blue managed to wipe out the red, green and yellow.

The blue people in "Avatar" are more of a political/religious fantasy than they are a model for actual alien life according to what we know about the science of evolution here.

Much bigger, meaner, stripey smurfs with bow and arrows...

James Cameron. Was your ' movie ' Avatar , a message about republican space alien humanoids, mining and pillaging your planet?

Uh, Kevin Costner NEVER said he had a device that could have capped the BP oil spill!!! It was a device that separates oil from water and it works and BP used it though they probably didn't use it as long as they needed to!!

BP also needed something to get the oily sediment off the bottom of the ocean but that's not been done yet!!

---WHY's LATIMES ignoring the issue
of 'eugenics friendly' Cameron fleeing
the upcoming 'Cleopatra' retread after
word of predictive programming for the
fast approaching mainstreaming of
'suicide culture' spread----?


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