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This Mixed Reality Project Puts You In The Role Of Customs Agent

“With virtual reality and augmented reality, I feel like it presents a unique opportunity … to build those new systems from scratch because we're creating a new world through this technology."


AT THE ABU DHABI AIRPORT, TERMINAL 3 is the location of the U.S. Customs and Border Control Preclearance Facility. It's the place where you can take care of international travel requirements before finishing the journey as if flying domestically in the States.

In mixed reality — the merging between virtual and real worlds — Terminal 3 is wherever you are wearing HoloLens smart glasses.

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Refugees Tell Their Stories Through Photos Of Their Possessions

What would you bring from your home if you were forced to leave?


Photographer Jim Lommasson had been struggling with a project for six months.

He was taking portraits of refugees at their homes in the U.S., intending to create something similar to his photography/oral history collection, “Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories — Life After Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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These Japanese-Americans Were Sent To Internment Camps, Then They Helped The U.S. Fight Nazis

More than 120,000 Japanese-Americans, the majority of whom were U.S. citizens, were put into internment camps.

“My whole life, I questioned whether or not I could have done what my grandfather did,” says Rob Sato. “How do you go risk your life for the country that has put your family in prison?”

Sato’s grandfather, Roy Sato, was a teenager during World War II, and he and his family were among the more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans, the majority of whom were U.S. citizens, incarcerated in internment camps because of their ethnicity.

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Artist Jackie Amezquita Walked From The U.S.-Mexico Border To Los Angeles

She faced physcial hardships and verbal abuse along her eight day journey from the border.

Sunset descends upon Los Angeles' Chinatown as a crowd gathers inside an art space filled with socially-conscious art. Called “Decentralized,” the works here largely look at issues of displacement and brings together students from ArtCenter College of Design and local nonprofit Art Division.

Meanwhile, not too far from here, Jackie Amezquita is walking.

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Soundscapes Takes Listeners On A Sonic Journey To 36 Global Places

“The sound of nature is used a lot in meditation and we hope we will help people feel a bit more relaxed.”

What does your city sound like?

That's what Orbitz asked locals across the globe for Soundscapes, an online collection of short field recordings from 36 locations. The audio gallery mixes urban and natural settings from vacation hotspots and lesser-known destinations in a compelling collection that might make you want to hear the world, or at least listen a little more closely to your hometown.

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The Message Of This Native American Artist Is Clear: We Demand To Be Seen

Edgar Heap of Birds’ paintings are clever and insightful messages about Native life.

THE GOOD NEWS:

Contemporary Native American artists are staying true to traditions while defying expectations of what it means to be indigenous.

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