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James Cameron, Google Executives, Billionaires to Mine for Asteroids?

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Film director James Cameron, Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, X Prize founder Peter Diamandis and billionaire Ross Perot Jr. along with a number of other incredible minds plan to take on outer space.

"If you put two Google billionaires with Microsoft billionaires with some astronauts together, you can't go wrong," said Michio Kaku, a physics professor at City University of New York.

Just what they're up to is still a mystery but they've announced that they're forming a new "space exploration company to expand earth's resource base," that will create "a new industry and a new definition of 'natural resources."

What does that mean?

"I can tell you that since I was a boy I've wanted to be an asteroid miner," Peter Diamandis, founder and chairman of the X Prize Foundation told Forbes.

Asteroid Mining

This is no moon mission.

No man has ever drilled into an asteroid.

Instead of blowing an asteroid up, the idea would be to take resources out -- minerals and compounds that may not even exist on earth could be worth millions.

It's an expensive, high risk, dangerous endeavor.

But with America's space program winding down, Kaku and others say entrepreneurs must take on the charge of space exploration.

"I think private enterprise will boldly go where governments fear to tread. And I think the space program has been in purgatory in the last few years. NASA is an agency to nowhere. So, we need private enterprise, especially people with deep pockets to help jump start the program and maybe mining the heavens is just the ticket," Kaku said.

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Disney to Build Avatar Attraction

Filmmaker James Cameron and Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, share their collaborative vision for bringing the incredible world of AVATAR to life in Disney parks. PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Scott Brinegar(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Pandora, the mystical world featured in the 2009 movie Avatar, will be brought to life, Disney President and CEO Bob Iger announced Tuesday.

Disney has partnered with filmmaker James Cameron to create the first “Avatar themed land” in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Fla.  Construction is slated to begin by 2013 and will be completed about five years later.

“Our goal is to go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling, and give park goers the chance to see, hear and touch the world of Avatar with an unprecedented sense of reality,” Cameron said in a press release.

The Avatar attraction will reportedly span several acres and is expected to cost around $400 million.

Cameron told reporters the attraction would likely include animatronics, rides, themed food and 3-D multimedia shows. The sequel to Avatar, Cameron’s top-grossing film, is scheduled for release in December 2014. Avatar 3 will be released the following year.

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