03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Weather Warfare? Darpa Wants To Create, Control Lightning Bolts

Now, Darpa's got a new target for geo-hacking science, and if they can make it work, we might see modern firearms making way for weapons of the mythological variety. The out-there research agency is soliciting proposals that would harness control over "the natural mechanism of lightning initiation" by coming up with a way to launch manmade lightning bolts, and prevent or redirect natural lightning strikes -- and their accompanying destruction.