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This Element is an excerpt from Curious Folks Ask 2: 188 Real Answers on Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond (9780137057399) by Sherry Seethaler. Available in print and digital formats.


Inside hurricanes, cyclones, and tornadoes… and do toilets really drain the opposite way in the southern hemisphere?


Computer models show it is theoretically possible to weaken or reroute hurricanes. One suggested method is to use an array of orbiting solar power stations that would beam microwaves to heat and perturb sections of a storm. Another idea: to cool the ocean surface or cover it with biodegradable film to reduce evaporation, starving the storm of energy…

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