James Cameron's epic science fiction film Avatar was a breakthrough in 3D technology when it was released. In it, Jake Sully is a parapalegic former marine who takes control of an Avatar to explore a planet that is essentially a... brain. In this episode, Deeptha joins us to help us learn about spinal cords, what happens when they become damaged, how closely related we are to zebrafish, and whether or not you can (and should) make a tiger avatar. We also debate whether Heidi should continue creating an avatar in her basement or switch to making an exoskeleton out of washing machine parts.
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Theme Music by Kagan Breitenbach, @krbreitenbach
Edited by Eli Ramsey, @TheVikingBear__
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Co-Hosted by Anne Gibson, @HubbleGibson
Cinema Science was graciously funded by the University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative.