The LG Travel News Roundup: Bird’s Eye View Helps Find Lost Pyramids

Weekly Travel News — By on June 3, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

NASA helps uncover lost pyramidsIt Takes A View from Above to See Lost Pyramids

Seventeen lost pyramids, 1,000 tombs and more than 3,000 ancient settlements in Egypt have been located by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham who studied infrared images provided by satellites of the ruins underground. The satellites, which are orbiting 400 miles above earth, led to the discovery by distinguishing between different kinds of materials, including regular soil vs. the mud brick used by ancient Egyptians. Researchers believe that there may be thousands of additional sites still covered by the Nile. Source: Fox News

New Museum Planned in Antartica May Be Coldest Yet…

Authorities in Chile are planning to open a museum on the country’s Arturo Prat Antartica 280-acre base that will display objects and images of their national presence on the seventh continent and honor former pioneers. The aim of the museum is to bring in tourism, hopefully achieving their goal of 500 tourists a year. Source: Merco Press

Vegas Hopes Slot Machine Will Be A Hit with the Ladies

Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas has a Cougarlicious slot machine whose reels spin motel keys to room 69, matchbooks smeared with lipstick, cougars, and kisses from Nait the Bait. According to the manufacturer, the game, which debuted in 2009, is a “sassy video slot that makes you feel kinda lucky… this game is just too sexy to pass up.” Source: Vegas Chatter

It’s Not All Fun and Games in Chinese Prisons

In China, prison authorities who force inmates to play role-playing games produce more profit than forcing people to do manual labor. A 54-year-old former detainee told the Guardian that prison officials made anywhere from $770 to $940 a day from the inmates. The NYTimes has also reported that more than 100,000 young people in China are full-time gamers who earn digital gold coins. Source: AOL Weird News

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Travel News Bits

Google Takes Their Search to the Skies

Because Google isn’t big enough already, they’ve now recently launched a search option that offers a schedule of flights after you type in “flights,” followed by the cities you want to fly into and depart from. Find out more from their Inside Search blog. Source: Gadling

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