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Bill Gates' New Company to Take on Hurricanes?

Bill Gates is a man of many talents. Founder of Microsoft, philanthropist and owner of a mystery company that we don't quite know the purpose of, Bill has proved that his retirement does not mean he's resting on his laurels.

USA Today reports say that Gates is even trying to come up with a way to control the weather. Alright, not quite but he is trying to come up with a way to reduce the speed of hurricanes which in turn, would reduce the damage done by the storms.

According to USA Today five recent 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. All very interesting, however what's more interesting is that if issued, the patents will offer 18 years of legal rights to the idea to Gates and his co-inventors (which include climate scientist Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution of Washington).

Now, if only we could get Bill Gates to do the weather on television. . . Really though, being serious for a minute, if Bill thinks he can stop tragedies like Hurricane Katrina, more power to him.

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  • Gin Fushicho
    Wow , If he can do that , then I will have respect for him , a LOT more respect. Not the tiny "video game" respect I have right now.
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  • KyleSTL
    In other news: College dropout hatches plan to slow tornados with pinwheels. (Only a little kidding, but honestly, there's absolutely no way to we can move enough cold water to make ANY difference)
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  • mlcloud
    KyleSTLIn other news: College dropout hatches plan to slow tornados with pinwheels. (Only a little kidding, but honestly, there's absolutely no way to we can move enough cold water to make ANY difference)
    I'm not sure about the sciences of this stuff, but if all of us were as pessimistic as you were, there certainly is no way, ya cynical old fart.
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  • JasonAkkerman
    Is it me, or does Bill look a little evil in that picture?
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  • bfstev
    he gives alot to charity too and his charity organization does alot for fighting world hunger and diseases.

    I live in florida, so this is good news for me
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  • KyleSTL
    mlcloudI'm not sure about the sciences of this stuff, but if all of us were as pessimistic as you were, there certainly is no way, ya cynical old fart.I'm 26 and a chemical engineer. I took thermodynamics and I'm highly sceptically there is any way we can make a difference, and even if there is the energy consumption to do so would be astronomical (i.e. making shuttle launches look like child's play in comparison)
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  • Parrdacc
    Ok, here's my ridiculous idea: Drop a big ice cube into the hurricane from one of those hurricane hunter planes that fly into them. Just grab a chunk from the poles.

    Better get my patent sent in before Steve Jobs or Mr. Gates tries to beat me to it.
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  • DarkMantle
    I think the biggest issue here is this... "the patents will offer 18 years of legal rights to the idea to Gates and his co-inventors". If he is trying to do something good for humankind why would he want to have a patent of it?.
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  • brendano257
    Well, great and all but let's think for a second. It's Bill Gates. The proper question to ask right now is; "Well, how much is it gonna cost?"
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  • lifelesspoet
    Its hard to see in the pic, but that kinda looks like a BSOD.
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