Classic evil genius doomsday device?
Recent patent filings have shown Bill Gates and his friends exploring subjects as diverse as electromagnetic engines(http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/Bill_Gates_and_friends_apply_for_patents_on_e...) and beer kegs (http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/Bill_Gates_wants_a_better_beer_keg48998721.ht...). Now they're thinking even bigger -- trying to stop hurricanes.
Microsoft's chairman is among the inventors listed on a new batch of patent applications that propose using large fleets of vessels to suppress hurricanes through various methods of mixing warm water from the surface of the ocean with colder water at greater depths. The idea is to decrease the surface temperature, reducing or eliminating the heat-driven condensation that fuels the giant storms.
The filings were made by Searete LLC, an entity tied to Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue-based patent and invention house run by Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft chief technology officer. Myhrvold and several others are listed along with Gates as inventors.