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Florida Firm Planning $10 Billion Floating City For The Rich

Because freedom means not having to care about anyone but yourself, the New York Daily News reports that a project called Freedom Ship helmed by Florida businessman Roger Gooch aims to enable the wealthy to offshore their lives:

An incredible $10 billion floating city, built to house 50,000 people, is edging closer to reality. A mile long and 25 stories high, the Freedom Ship would also have room for another 30,000 daily visitors, 20,000 crew and 10,000 overnight guests.

With casinos, an airport and shopping centers, this city of the sea could be a permanent home to thousands.The benefits of ocean occupation would involve brand new schools, hospitals, businesses, parks, promenades, landscaping, public art and saltwater aquariums.

Florida-based company Freedom Ship International have designed the vessel which sails constantly, circling the globe. It says it is hopeful it can raise the $1 billion needed to begin construction.

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German Inventor Saves Fuel By Flying A Kite

SkySail kite being demonstrated at promotional event. Photo: Ursula Horn (CC)

SkySail kite being demonstrated at promotional event. Photo: Ursula Horn (CC)

SkySails has invented a method that could cut down on ‘fuel consumption, costs and carbon footprints’ for commercial ships by developing giant kites. The Raw Story reports:

The blue-hulled vessel would slip by unnoticed on most seas if not for the white kite, high above her prow, towing her to what its creators hope will be a bright, wind-efficient future.

The enormous kite, which looks like a paraglider, works in tandem with the ship’s engines, cutting back on fuel consumption, costs, and carbon footprint.

“Using kites you can harness more energy than with any other type of wind-powered equipment,” said German inventor Stephan Wrage, whose company SkySails is looking for lift-off on the back of worldwide efforts to boost renewable energy.

The 160-square-metre (524-square-foot) kite, tethered to a yellow rope, can sail 500 metres into the skies where winds are both stronger and more stable, according to the 38-year-old Wrage.

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Eighteenth Century Ship Found Buried Below Ground Zero

9/11 siteWorkers have found a 300-year-old ship beneath the ruins of the  9/11 World Trade Center attack, TIME reports:

On Tuesday, as workers were preparing the site of the September 11 attacks for the future World Trade Center, they uncovered what turned out to be a ship approximately 30 feet below street level. Thought to be from the 18th century, the vessel was uncovered in an area that wasn’t excavated when the original World Trade Center was being built.

Also found nearby was a 100-pound anchor. It’s thought that the ship and the anchor, along with other fragments, were used at one time to fill in land in order to expand Manhattan further into the Hudson River.

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