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Far From The Computer World, Bill Gates Is Killing Hurricanes

Ever wonder what Bill Gates was going to do after he resigned from Microsoft®?  Well, here's one thing he's doing -- inventing ways to stop hurricanes before they hit land.  Is he God or Don Quixote?

According to the Louisiana Times-Picayune, six patent applications connected to the hurricane killer idea were filed under Searate LLC, a private group of inventors of which Gates and other former Microsoft developers are involved, were made public by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last Friday, with Gates listed as one of the inventors on each.

The patent applications are each connected to some aspect of the hurricane killer concept: to cool the water at the top surface of the ocean in anticipation of a coming hurricane and, thereby, weaken its force.  Floating tubs would be set up in areas in front of the storms, each one containing two conduits.  As the water spashes into the tubs from the waves in the sea, one conduit pushes the warm water to the bottom of the sea and the second pulls the cold water from the bottom into the ocean.

 

 

Although the inventors are not proposing their water cooling methods as the first line of defense against a hurricane, they do see other uses for the water cooling system.  One proposal suggests that the "wave induced downwelling" could be used to stir up sediment on the bottom of the sea, thereby promoting more plant and animal growth in barren areas.  This would also promote the growth of algae, a carbon trapping plant, to help fight global warming.

It will most likely be several years before the hurricane killing system is ready for action.

 

Next up: Steve Jobs has invention to stop night from falling.

 

 

 

Comments
Jul 16, 2009
by Anonymous

Let him spend his millions, its his money anyway

What's wrong with somebody trying to something useful to humanity? Quixotic? People have the same reaction when he pitched an O/S. Look where he is now.
DannyE, Philippines

Jul 17, 2009
by Myra Per-Lee

It's great that he is helping humanity!

Danny E: The question you refer to in the text reflects my surprise, respect, and awe at the notion of being able to control a major natural force; nothing else.

Bill Gates deserves admiration for all of his achievements and efforts.  Myra

Jul 17, 2009
by Anonymous

Worst thing ever.

Its one thing to invent an OS, its another to try to change nature. Hurricanes have their purpose. Trying to deviate, change or mess with the perfect balance of nature is downright ridiculous and irresponsible. - Axel

Jul 18, 2009
by Anonymous

Perfect balance

Axel

Why do you claim that nature is in perfect balance when the nature is actually a random and turbulent system. All changes are not necessarly to the worse.

Jan K. A.