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Bill Gates seems like a generally good guy who makes some effort to help people with the otherworldly amount of money he has amassed over the years, but his newest plan seems a little like something a Bond villain would cook up to use in hopes of holding the U.N. ransom.
Gates filed five patents recently for technology that could stop hurricanes from forming. Seriously – he wants to control the weather. Discover magazine describes his idea:
The applications made public by the U.S. Patent Office last week describe floating devices that could reduce the strength of hurricanes by drawing warm water from the ocean’s surface and channeling it down to the depths through a long tube. A second tube would reverse the process and bring deep, cold water up to the surface.
I don’t know about you, but this is one of the craziest stories I have read in recent memory. Already there is discussion about whether or not it’s ethical to do something like this and obviously if it could really work. Believe it or not, some scientists actually believe that it could:
The bottom line here is that if enough pumps are deployed, it is reasonable to expect some diminution of hurricane power,” says hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is not part of the patent effort. Cutting sea surface temperature by 4.5 degrees under the eye of a hurricane would actually kill a storm, he adds. “This would have to be done on a massive scale, but is still probably within the realm of feasibility.
You must go to this link and see the graphical representation of this thing.