Sep 12, 2013

Yahoo! News - "TopCoder Teams with NASA and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Lin to Create a Powerful Algorithm that Identifies Human-Built Structures in Genghis Khan's Homeland"

Yahoo! News carried a PR Newswire release from TopCoder, Inc., about its 3-week open online challenge in connection with NASA and CISA3 research scientist Albert Lin. The challenge is to programmers to create a new, active machine-learning algorithm for deriving important information from large visual datasets (in this case, satellite images of northern Mongolia).


Oct 30, 2012

Humans Invent - "The scientific quest to find the lost Da Vinci"

Writer Leo Kent reports on the latest about the search for Leonardo da Vinci's The Battle of Anghiari mural by CISA3 founding director Maurizio Seracini -- a search that is on hold pending a more hospitable political situation in Italy.


Oct 15, 2012

Exchange Morning Post - "Maurizio Seracini: The secret lives of paintings"

The online journal reports that "Maurizio Seracini uses advanced tools common in engineering and medical labs to unravel centuries-old mysteries of art," and posts the video of Seracini's talk to TEDGLOBAL last June in Edinburgh.


Sep 17, 2012

The Florence Newspaper - "Research on Leonardo's Battle of Anghiari Put on Hold"

Naz Kangal reports the Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi has called a halt to the CISA3-led search for Leonardo da Vinci's lost mural, The Battle of Anghiari, because of a disagreement with Italy's Minister for Cultural Heritage, who disagreed with Renzi's request to let CISA3 resume the search.


Aug 24, 2012

National Geographic - "Explorers Take Flight"

The magazine highlights two CISA3 projects -- Albert Lin's search for the burial site of Genghis Khan, which used an octocopter to record aerial views in Mongolia, and Tom Levy's archaeological expedition in southern Jordan, which used a helium balloon to record geo-referenced aerial images -- among the 13 projects highlighting new technologies used in exploration. Lin and Levy are in good company: the featured projects date back to a wheel-shaped kite designed by the first president of the National Geographic Society -- Alexander Graham Bell.


Aug 23, 2012

Caravaggio400 (Italy) - "La prima Medusa del Caravaggio. Nuove certezze su un'opera poco conosciuta"

In a book review by Michele Cuppone on the Caravaggio400 blog, Calit2 and CISA3 researcher Maurizio Seracini is mentioned in connection with his discovery that a circular painting by Caravaggio, thought to be a copy, was actually the original work known as the Medusa.


Aug 14, 2012

Corriere Fiorentino (Italy) - "Battaglia di Anghiari, National Geographic: Pronti a ripartire"

The Florentine newspaper reports that National Geographic has suspended its Battle of Anghiari project in line with the decision by the city's Mayor to halt the UCSD-led project following a face-off between the Mayor and the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage.


Aug 14, 2012

Il Giornale di Vicenza (Italy) - "Arte: Battaglia di Anghiari, Renzi rinnova riciesta a Ornaghi"

The newspaper carries a TMNews agency report about a letter from the Mayor of Florence to Italy's Minister of Cultural Heritage, Lorenzo Ornaghi, asking him to approve a resumption of the Battle of Anghiari project led by UCSD research Maurizio Seracini, founding director of CISA3 and co-PI on its IGERT-TEECH project.


Aug 14, 2012

La Nazione (Italy) - "Battaglia di Anghiari nel Palazzo dei 500 Renzi sospende i lavori"

Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi suspends work on the UCSD-led search for Leonardo da Vinci's mural in the Palazzo Vecchio. The suspension was announced in a letter to the Minister of Cultural Heritage, in which Renzi warned the minister of possible repercussions at the ballot box in upcoming elections from the minister's refusal to pave the way for a resumption of the search.


Aug 14, 2012

Toscana TV (Italy) - "Battaglia di Anghiari, Renzi incomprensibile la paura del ministro"

Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi tells the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage that "the fear that is blocking permission by the minister and his office is sincerely incomprehensible." Renzi says there is no basis for the decision of the minister not to allow a resumption of the UCSD-led search for the da Vinci mural, The Battle of Anghiari.


Aug 14, 2012

Arezzo Notizie (Italy) - "Battaglia di Anghiari, la rabbia di Renzi. Una lettera al Ministro: Aspetteremo il prossimo Governo"

The news service underscores the anger of Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, in a letter to the Minister of Cultural Heritage, saying "we will wait for the next Government" following upcoming elections. Renzi lambasted the Minister for refusing to give permission for a resumption of the CISA3-led search for the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci mural, The Battle of Anghiari, led by UCSD's Maurizio Seracini.


Aug 10, 2012

Financial Times - "What lies beneath"

Leonardo da Vinci is not known for his drawings of elephants. But when art diagnostician Maurizio Seracini examined the artist’s “Adoration of the Magi” with an infrared camera, that’s precisely what he found: a sketch of a solitary animal lurking under layers of paint. Uncovering such buried treasures is part of Seracini’s job: he has also used X-rays to discover that Raphael’s “Portrait of Young Woman with Unicorn” was originally “Young Woman with Puppy”. And this year he made headlines for work supporting his claim that Da Vinci’s lost masterpiece “The Battle of Anghiari” is hidden behind a wall of Vasari murals in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio.


Jun 6, 2012

Piccola Itallia - "Alla ricerca de 'La battaglia di Anghiari'"

The front story of the July-September 2012 edition of the Italian Cultural Center of San Diego newsletter features a photo of IGERT Trainee David Vanoni and an article about his special briefing for ICC members. ICC helped fund the travel of Vanoni and fellow IGERT Trainee Christine Wittich to Florence in late 2011, where they worked with Maurizio Seracini on the search for Leonardo da Vinci's lost masterpiece.


Apr 18, 2012

Catholic Online - "Physicist vows to find answer to da Vinci mural mystery"

The Catholic news consortium published a report that Argonne National Lab physicist Robert Smither is part of the CISA3-led consortium searching for the lost Battle of Anghiari mural by Leonardo da Vinci.


Apr 16, 2012

Art 925 - "Finding da Vinci's Lost Battle of Anghiari"

Naomi Rachel Muirhead report on the April 4 talk by CISA3's Maurizio Seracini to a full audience at the Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. He recounted the promising results from endoscopic imaging in the Palazzo Vecchio in search of Leonardo da Vinci's lost mural, The Battle of Anghiari.