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May 07, 2014

The Golden Record 2.0 Will Crowdsource A Selfie of Human Culture

Smithsonian Magazine

Inspired by a similar effort in the 1970s, the project wants your help in creating a portrait of humanity to send out of the solar system.

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April 14, 2014

UC San Diego Research Scientist Honored with DRI Nevada Medal

Calit2 news room

The research scientist from the Qualcomm Institute at the University of California, San Diego was in Nevada in late March to accept the 27th Desert Research Institute (DRI) Nevada Medal. Lin was cited for “his pioneering work in a new era of digital exploration and science education through public engagement.”

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January 27, 2014

Indiana Jones 2.0

National Geographic Traveler

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January 14, 2014

Building A Global Health Sensing Network From Star Trek-Inspired Devices

Fast Company

This futuristic tricorder gadget measures health and environmental data almost instantly. What would happen if everyone in the world had one?

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September 25, 2013

TopCoder Teams with NASA and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Lin to Create a Powerful Algorithm

Yahoo Finance

Partnership will accelerate how NASA assesses planetary imagery and will better enable Lin to identify, protect and preserve the integrity of undiscovered sites of cultural and historical significance worldwide

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July 25, 2013

Lin Named Desert Research Institute Nevada Medalist

The Desert Research Institute, the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, has awarded University of California, San Diego research scientist Albert Yu-Min Lin its 27th (and youngest ever) Nevada Medal recipient for his work in digital exploration and science education.

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April 17, 2013

How the Crowd Is Solving an 800-Year-Old Mystery

Harvard Business Review

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September 02, 2012

Explorer Albert Lin: A Passion for Pushing the Limits

US Department of State

Lin, 30, a research scientist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), is passionate about pushing the limits of technology — from cutting-edge scientific instruments to social media and the Internet — to help open up new frontiers of exploration.

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February 08, 2012

Calit2 Albert Yu-Min Lin To Be Honored with Emerging Leader Award

Calit2 news room

Five distinguished alumni and supporters of the University of California, San Diego — including Calit2 research scientist and National Geographic Explorer Albert Yu-Min Lin — will be honored at the university’s annual Alumni Celebration to be hosted June 2.

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December 03, 2012

The Hidden Grave of History\'s Greatest Warrior


For centuries historians and treasure seekers have searched for the burial site of history\'s most famous conqueror. New findings offer compelling evidence that it\'s been found.

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January 12, 2012

Google Science Fair Opens Today!

national Geographic News

The annual Google Science Fair opens today, calling anyone and everyone 13 to 18 years old to push the edges of our knowledge and help pave the way to the future, and National Geographic Explorers Albert Lin, Sylvia Earle, and T.H. Culhane are among the judges.

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June 13, 2011

Albert Lin addresses 2011 Graduating Class

Chrstine Clark

Modern Day Indiana Jones Urges Graduates to Follow Their Passion as Mankind Faces \'Make-it or Break-it Moment\'

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June 01, 2011

The Valley of the Khans

Scientific American

Citizen scientists examine thousands of satellite images of Mongolia to identify sites and features of potential archaeological interest; the idea is that this will assist archaeologists currently working on the ground.

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April 04, 2011

‘Citizen scientists’ help search for tomb of Genghis Khan via photos of Mongolia

Washington Post

Editors Pick- Mongolia encompasses more than 600,000 square miles of largely uncharted, rural territory, which makes Lin’s mission an extremely challenging one. Luckily, the explorer and research scientist at the University of California at San Diego has more than 7,000 people around the world helping with his mission, called the Valley of the Khans Project.

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September 07, 2010

How the network of human minds can save Earth

Natgeo News Watch

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Yu-Min Lin uses a suite of non-invasive technologies, like satellite imagery, remote sensors, and ground-penetrating radar, to explore the world\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s wild places without disturbing them and set the stage for their future conservation. Nat Geo News Watch contributor Brian Handwerk interviewed Lin about the opportunities presented by innovation and technology to help us be better stewards of our planet.

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August 04, 2010

Help Survey Genghis Khans Lost Tomb With Some Armchair Archaeology


NatGeo\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Valley of the Khans project allows armchair archaeologists to sift through satellite imagery of the region—multispectral shots provided by the GeoEye-1 and Ikonos sattelites—and mark what they think could be ancient roads, rivers, or other anomalies. And that\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s only one aspect of this high-tech effort.

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July 11, 2010

Help Find Genghis Khan’s Tomb From the Comfort of Your Home


From time to time, people in charge of large internet-based projects request the help of the general public to assist in their work. Think SETI@home and Galaxy Zoo. Currently, there is another project with which you can help, supported by National Geographic Digital Media. It is called “Field Expedition: Mongolia — Valley of the Khans Project.” This project is a huge archaeological survey of parts of Mongolia, looking for the tomb of Genghis Khan and other Mongolian cultural heritage sites.

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May 18, 2010

UC San Diego Alumnus Named National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Calit2 Newsroom

Fourteen visionary, young trailblazers from around the world — including University of California, San Diego alumnus Albert Yu-Min Lin, ’04, M.S. ’06, Ph.D. ’08 — have been named to the 2010 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

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March 20, 2010


Jacobs School of Engineering

A West Coast campus famous for its high-tech research is now becoming known for its global reach in cultural heritage. Faculty and students are already searching for the lost tomb of Genghis Khan and a masterpiece mural by Leonardo da Vinci not seen in 450 years, and now many more students will get the opportunity to blaze new technology trails in the name of global exploration.

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February 24, 2010

Readers Choice Adventurer of the Year: Albert Lin, In His Own Words

National Geographic Adventure Magazine

For me, it’s about being part of a team that is the Adventurers of the Year. A whole group of people made a huge effort toward this project—people from University of California, San Diego, local Mongolians, the Mongolian Academy of Science.

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January 01, 2010

Adventurers of the Year

National Geographic Digital Media

Picture the young explorer, standing in his StarCAVE, searching for the tomb of Genghis Khan. Picture the world around him, the wilderness stretching away in all directions.

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January 01, 2010

National Geographic Adventure Magazine Labels Calit2 Researcher Among Top 10 Adventurers of the Year

Calit2 Newsroom

It’s not often that a materials scientist by training gets to be labeled one of the world’s top adventurers. But that’s the honor bestowed on Calit2 research scholar Albert Yu-Min Lin, 28, in the December 2009-January 2010 issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine. Lin is affiliated with Calit2’s Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3).

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September 20, 2008

Finding Hidden Tomb Of Genghis Khan Using Non-Invasive Technologies

Science Daily

According to legend, Genghis Khan lies buried somewhere beneath the dusty steppe of Northeastern Mongolia, entombed in a spot so secretive that anyone who made the mistake of encountering his funeral procession was executed on the spot.

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October 29, 2008

High-Tech Search for Legendary Warlord

ABC news

Somewhere beneath the wind-swept deserts of Mongolia lies the body of one of the most enigmatic warlords in history, a ruthless but brilliant leader who united his people and built the largest empire in the world. Nearly 800 years after Genghis Khan died, the legends continue to grow, as do the mysteries.

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October 21, 2008

U.S. researchers use advanced technology to locate tomb of Genghis Khan

xinhua net

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Scientists at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) are using advanced visualization technologies to locate the tomb of Mongolian emperor Genghis Khan, the UCSD said in a press release on Monday.

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