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This phe­nom­e­non emerged in Fe­bru­ary: A pic­ture of a dress was posted to Tum­blr with a cap­tion ask­ing what color it was.Very quickly, the ques­tion sparked a de­bate that spread In­ter­net-wide. Some peo­ple said that the dress was blue and black, while oth­ers ar­gued it was white and gold. Within days, sev­eral news sites pub­lished ar­ti­cles on the is­sue, which was also ad­dressed by sev­eral celebri­ties, such as Ellen DeGeneres.

On Face­book,Twit­ter and In­sta­gram, the hash­tag ap­peared and very quickly booked mil­lions of post­ings.

Let’s an­swer the ques­tion about why the dress ap­pears dif­fer­ently to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. is ac­tu­ally black and blue.

The rea­son why some per­ceive it dif­fer­ently is due to the con­cept of color con­stancy.

Ev­ery­day we are faced with changes in the color of the light il­lu­mi­nat­ing our sur­round­ings.

The rea­son why peo­ple may have seen a com­pletely dif­fer­ent color for the dress is be­cause the pic­ture does not give many clues on the light in­side the room where it was taken.

If the pho­to­graph pro­vided that in­for­ma­tion, we could then iden­tify if the back­ground was bright and the dress was in shadow - or if the room was bright and the colors of the dress were washed out.

The dress was later found avail­able for pur­chase via UK-based on­line re­tailer Ro­man Orig­i­nals, where it was de­scribed as “royal blue”.

Nicki Mi­naj VS. Tay­lor Swift

The MTV Video Mu­sic Awards 2015 sparked drama af­ter the release of nom­i­na­tions. When Nicki Mi­naj found out her video “Ana­conda” didn’t get nom­i­nated for Video of the Year, the rap­per took to Twit­ter to ex­press her dis­ap­point­ment – and to crit­i­cize the mu­sic in­dus­try Black artists.

Mi­naj said: “If your video cel­e­brates women with very slim bod­ies, you will be nom­i­nated for vid of the year”.

Tay­lor Swift, whose video “Bad Blood” was nom­i­nated for the award, took it per­son­ally and replied on Twit­ter.

Mi­naj seemed taken aback, claim­ing she was not re­fer­ring to Swift at all, go­ing to In­sta­gram, with a post with a cap­tion that read: “Noth­ing to do with any of the women, but ev­ery­thing to do with a sys­tem that doesn’t credit [B]lack women for their con­tri­bu­tions to pop cul­ture as freely/quickly as they re­ward oth­ers”.

Swift apol­o­gized to Mi­naj and ad­mit­ted she mis­un­der­stood and mis­spoke. The two su­per­stars put the feud be­hind them when they opened the MTV VMAs this year to­gether, hand-in-hand wear­ing be­tween them!

In­stafa­mous Teen Makes a State­ment

Nine­teen-year-old Aus­tralian Essena O’Neill raised is­sues about the re­al­ity be­hind so­cial me­dia when she “quit” as a socmed star.

With over 500,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram and more than 250,000 sub­scribers on YouTube, she deleted much of the con­tent from her ac­counts, set­ting up a web­site to en­cour­age peo­ple to live free of so­cial me­dia, say­ing that “so­cial me­dia is a lie”.

The suc­cess­ful blog­ger said that she was dis­con­tent with earn­ing money by work­ing with re­tail­ers that had her en­dorse their prod­ucts by pro­mot­ing them on her ac­counts.

O’Neill told her fol­low­ers that she had been post­ing a fab­ri­cated life that she did not live.

She re­vealed this her­self and deleted her In­sta­gram ac­count, but not be­fore edit­ing the cap­tions of old pho­tos to ex­pose the true na­ture be­hind her “per­fect” shots.

“With­out re­al­iz­ing, I’ve spent a ma­jor­ity of my teenage life be­ing ad­dicted to so­cial ap­proval… So­cial me­dia, es­pe­cially how I used it, isn’t real,” O’Neill wrote.

Af­ter making global news, O’Neill was looked at as some­one brave, since so­cial ap­proval is an over­looked is­sue, es­pe­cially for young teenagers. How­ever, oth­ers think O’Neill man­aged the sit­u­a­tion poorly. Lau­ren Gi­raldo, 17 years old with around 4.4 mil­lion fol­low­ers across In­sta­gram and Twit­ter, wrote an open let­ter to O’Neill.

Both led sim­i­lar lives, as both re­lied on so­cial me­dia. Gi­raldo wrote that she re­lated to the pres­sure O’Neill faced, but did not see why O’Neill’s bad ex­pe­ri­ence with so­cial me­dia should af­fect ev­ery­one else’s.

Just be­cause O’Neill was post­ing a fake life, doesn’t mean ev­ery­one else was, too.

In her let­ter, Gi­raldo ad­mit­ted to spend­ing count­less hours edit­ing and hav­ing mini photo-shoots just for In­sta­gram, but high­lights the fact that she has fun do­ing so.

“I have al­ways used so­cial me­dia in the same ways my friends do: [to] en­ter­tain my friends and fam­ily and show my life and per­son­al­ity,” says Gi­raldo.

She be­lieves that O’Neill’s ar­gu­ment can­not be valid be­cause ev­ery­one has the same ac­cess to so­cial me­dia.“It’s what we do with

For­est Fires

and Kal­i­man­tan this year have been the worst in In­done­sian history.

At least 19 peo­ple have died and tens of thou­sands have been hos­pi­tal­ized due to se­vere res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses caused by the haze, which has also spread to neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, in­clud­ing Sin­ga­pore.

is man-made, re­lated to land clear­ings fol­low­ing the open­ing of oil palm and pulp wood plan­ta­tions.

Dry con­di­tions from this year’s El Niño/Southern Os­cil­la­tion weather pat­tern have also wors­ened the prob­lem.

The catas­tro­phe will not stop un­til the gov­ern­ment im­ple­ments a strict rules.Traders and cus­tomers must also work to­gether to ban cor­po­ra­tions that buy wood and palm oil prod­ucts that is not har­vested sus­tain­ably.

Mi­grant Cri­sis

The war in Syria has been go­ing on for years, re­sult­ing many of its cit­i­zens

How­ever, it was only in 2015 that na­tions in Europe opened their eyes

Ac­cord­ing to the data pro­vided by the UNHCR, most of the Syr­ian place to live and work.

A sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion hap­pened in Aceh this year, when an es­ti­mated 25,000 Ro­hingya from Myan­mar ar­rived in the re­gion af­ter em­bark­ing on a deadly sea voy­age. The Ro­hingya are one of the world’s most per­se­cuted Mus­lim peo­ple. In a pre­dom­i­nantly Bud­dhist na­tion, th­ese peo­ple faced daily fears of at­tacked by Bud­dhist ex­trem­ists.

Malaysia and In­done­sia have made a deal that they will no longer turn back the boats and will pro­vide tem­po­rary refuge to the Ro­hingya – as long as the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity con­trib­utes to re­solv­ing the cri­sis.

Love Con­quers All

In June, the US Supreme Court is­sued a rul­ing that guar­an­tee­ing same-sex mar­riage rights.The de­ci­sion is the cul­mi­na­tion of two decades of lit­i­ga­tion over mar­riage and gay rights in gen­eral.

Al­though the rul­ing has no le­gal force out­side the US, LGBT activists in many parts of the world, in­clud­ing In­done­sia, be­lieve it will help their cause. “I feel like it’s a vic­tory for me and my fel­low peace-lov­ing friends. I feel like I’m be­ing pro­tected by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity [....] The rul­ing is a green light for coun­tries’ strug­gles to up­hold the rights of LGBT peo­ple to marry,” said Har­toyo, the di­rec­tor of Suara Kita (Our Voice), a lo­cal LGBT or­ga­ni­za­tion, as quoted in .

Women Rock

Even if your knowl­edge of women’s soc­cer is lim­ited, you still know of Amer­i­can su­per­star Alex Mor­gan.

She played an in­te­gral part in the FIFA Women’s World Cup tri­umph in July that saw her lift the tro­phy af­ter the US an out­stand­ing pace and in­cred­i­ble aware­ness with ei­ther foot, Mor­gan is fast be­com­ing the face of women’s soc­cer. World­wide pop­u­lar­ity also earned Mor­gan the chance to stand next to Ar­gentina’s Lionel Messi on the cover of the video game woman has been fea­tured in the game.

E-sports are a sport

You must come to terms with e-sports, real sports fans.They are grow­ing rapidly. Big ti­tles like re­cently awarded the win­ner of a tour­na­ment with an as­tound­ing $6 mil­lion prize.

Ul­ti­mately, it doesn’t mat­ter whether we re­gard e-sports as such or not – that’s what they are. Play­ers wear jer­seys with as many spon­sor names as you’ll see on a For­mula 1 car.

The US gov­ern­ment is also grant­ing ath­let­ics visas to video are­nas and World Cup sta­di­ums.

Crawl­ing un­der our radar in re­cent years, th­ese com­pe­ti­tions are ready to take their place on court – or in­side the world of video games.

The Curry Fam­ily

What’s it like to see a 2-year-old Ri­ley Curry in­ter­rupt­ing sports re­porters who were ask­ing ques­tions to her MVP fa­ther, Stephen Curry of the NBA’s Golden State War­riors? One word: Adorable.

ap­peared with her dad dur­ing a postgame in­ter­view and then waved to re­porters, hid un­der the ta­ble and told her fa­ther to “be quiet.”

She be­came an overnight hit, con­tin­u­ing to steal the hearts of bas­ket­ball and non-bas­ket­ball fans alike. Go check her com­pi­la­tions out over at YouTube.You don’t want to miss the high­lights of Ri­ley’s short ca­reer so far.

Courage comes with a price

The year 2015 saw Cait­lyn Jen­ner time. The for­mer Olympic ath­lete pre­vi­ously known as Bruce re­ceived the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards, which is tran­scend sports.

Though her se­lec­tion was met with re­sis­tance by some in sports com­mu­nity, oth­ers be­lieve Jen­ner has had a true im­pact over the past year. Re­gard­less of peo­ple’s opin­ion on the choice, the Arthur Ashe Award has in­creas­ingly be­come a sym­bol of ac­cep­tance, break­ing down cul­tural bar­ri­ers within the sports world.

Best Dressed: Sarah Hyland

From street style to red car­pet glam, Sarah Hyland is the per­fect fash­ion icon for young girls every­where.

While most starlets tend to wear age, The ac­tress al­ways opts for a style that is age ap­pro­pri­ate – and that is also easy to recre­ate for the rest of us who don’t have a glam squad. Sarah knows what works best for her shows up look­ing ef­fort­lessly el­e­gant.

Fave couple:

The Weeknd & Bella Ha­did

The ru­mor be­tween th­ese two started in May when Abel Tes­faye, a.k.a.The Weeknd, was con­stantly seen hang­ing out with Bella Ha­did, her sis­ter Gigi and Cody Simp­son.

While the couple has been rel­a­tively quiet about their re­la­tion­ship, the singer re­cently opened up to mag­a­zine about his re­la­tion­ship with the model, prais­ing her hard work and close­ness with her fam­ily.

Fave BFFs: Tay­lor Swift and her squad

To re­ceive an ac­cep­tance let­ter to join in the pop singer’s cir­cle of friends is a #squad­goal for most of us.Tay­lor Swift’s list of fa­mous friends in­cludes su­per­mod­els (Kar­lie Kloss, Martha Hunt, Gigi Ha­did), singers (Lorde, El­lie Gould­ing, HAIM sis­ters), ac­tresses (Lena Dun­ham, Se­lena Gomez, Ser­ayah) and her cats (Olivia, Mered­ith).

Tay­lor reg­u­larly up­dates her more-than-50-mil­lion In­sta­gram fol­low­ers with ac­tiv­i­ties that she does with her girl­friends such as bak­ing, par­ties and hav­ing her friends show up on stage at the singer’s world tour.

Big­gest fight: Nicki Mi­naj vs. Mi­ley Cyrus

All was well be­tween the two pop stars un­til the night of MTV Video Mu­sic Awards 2015.

Days be­fore the event, Mi­ley Cyrus, who was the event’s host, voiced her opin­ion on Nicki Mi­naj’s Twit­ter rant about not get­ting nom­i­nated for video of the year.

Dur­ing Nicki’s ac­cep­tance speech for Best Hip-Hop Video at the awards, she called “Mi­ley, what’s good?”

The en­tire awk­ward sit­u­a­tion was caught live on cam­era, in­clud­ing Mi­ley’s stunned re­ac­tion.

The cam­era cut back to Nicki who clearly didn’t see happy de­spite hold­ing the moon statue in her hand.

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