Bill Gates Can Stop Hurricanes

By Deane Barker on July 16, 2009

Hurricane-calming technology? Bill Gates has a plan: Surreal.

Five U.S. Patent and Trade Office patent applications, made public on July 9, propose slowing hurricanes by pumping cold, deep-ocean water in their paths from barges. If issued, the patents offer 18 years of legal rights to the idea for Gates and co-inventors, including climate scientist Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

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