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no, we can't control hurricanes from space

as hurricane irma winds down — and a message from a florida sheriff – saying that shooting guns at the storm would not turn it aside — brings to mind the question of why we can't control hurricanes. the short answer is that we can't control weather at any scale, and hurricanes are no exception.  "we have no real idea how to control weather in the sense of a hurricane," john moore, a scientist at beijing normal university, told space.com. "all that realistically can be done is changing the thermodynamics of the system, which largely means changing the sea-surface temperatures."  moore is the head of geoengineering at his institution — a discipline devoted to the concept of using technology on a wide scale to change the earth's environment. usually, the term is used in connection with mitigating the effects of climate change. ideas include spraying aerosols in the stratosphere and using satellites to alter weather patterns. the latter is the premise of the upcoming movie "geostorm," in which a villain decides to try and use hurricanes as a weapon. [cloud kings: 'geostorm' film imagines human-controlled weather] some of the more conspiracy-minded web sites have posited that irma was the result of government experiments. the problem with that idea is that there isn't any realistic way to control weather with satellites, moore said. reducing the ocean surface temperature would cut down the number and intensity of hurricanes, but "there is no...