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Bill Gates Devises Plan to Fight and Destroy Hurricanes

Oh, Bill Gates. Is there anything you can't do? The tech tycoon's path from college dropout to billionaire CEO has been well documented, but the man's enduring legacy may focus more on his post-Microsoft accomplishments. Gates has promised hundreds of millions of dollars to help impoverished countries with farming, and has also claimed that he will leave the bulk of his vast fortune to charity.

Now, USA Today reports that the global philanthropist's latest venture involves a plan to fight and destroy hurricanes before they make landfall. (We hope he's doing it to prevent more Katrina-like catastrophes, and not doing it in a bid to hold the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Seaboard hostage each summer as part of a ploy for world domination.)

Gates, who has yet to publicly comment on the matter, has reportedly secured multiple patents through which he and several colleagues hope to weaken hurricanes. Their idea focuses on steering barges directly into the path of a building storm. The barges, equipped with special turbines and pumps, would draw up frigid deep water in order to stymie developing hurricanes, which rely on warm surface water to fuel their intensity.

Hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology told USA Today said that, "if enough pumps are deployed, it is reasonable to expect some form of diminution of hurricane power," adding that it "would have to be done on a massive scale, but is still probably within the realm of possibility." Probably? Come on. When Bill Gates gets involved, anything is within the realm of possibility. [From: USA Today]

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