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Saturday, 16 August 2008

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Miami, Florida (IPP) - Scientist aboard a NOAA P-31 Hurricane Hunter aircraft have acquired the first photgraphs of a hurricane's or tropical storm's power source.

Scientists were able to take the incredible photographs of Fay's power source after shutting down the P-3 Orion's four powerful turbo prop engines while flying through the eye wall of the storm. Shutting down the engines in a situation like this is risky but doing so allowed clear photos to be taken because of the reduction in the plane's vibrations.

The power source was revealed to be a large electric fan near the eye wall which generates the circular winds using a technique known as the super amplification of the butterfly effect. This and not the coriolis effect is what causes cyclones to turn in an anti-clockwise rotation in the northern hemisphere and in a clockwise rotation in the southern hemisphere.

Some scientists speculate that this discovery will lead to mankind's ability to control hurricanes in the near future.

The Pentagon is studying ways to harness the force of a hurricane for military purposes and anonymous sources have told reporters that it is no coincidence that Hurricane Fay is currently so close to Guantanamo Naval base in western Cuba.

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