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What is the Sun?

The Sun is a star in our Milky Way

The Sun gives off energy as electromagnetic radiation. That includes light, infra-red energy (heat), ultraviolet light and radio waves. It also gives off a stream of particles, which reaches Earth as solar wind. The source of all this energy is the reaction in the star which turns hydrogen into helium and makes huge amounts of energy.

The Sun gives off energy as electromagnetic radiation. That includes light, infra-red energy (heat), ultraviolet light and radio waves. It also gives off a stream of particles, which reaches Earth as “solar wind”. The source of all this energy is the reaction in the star which turns hydrogen into helium and makes huge amounts of energy.

The Sun is a star like many others in our Milky Way galaxy. It has existed for a little over 4.5 billion years, and is going to continue for at least as long. The Sun is about a hundred times as wide as the Earth. It has a mass of 1.9891×1030 kg, which is 333,000 times the mass of the Earth. The Earth can also fit inside the Sun 1.3 million times.

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What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is funding a project by raising money from a large number of people

Crowdfunding is a form of crowdsourcing and of alternative finance. In 2015, it was estimated that worldwide over US$34 billion was raised this way.

Crowdfunding is often performed via Internet-based registries. This crowdfunding model is generally based on three types of actors: the project initiator who proposes the idea and/or project to be funded, individuals or groups who support the idea, and a moderating organization (the platform) that brings the parties together to launch the idea.

Crowdfunding has been used to fund a wide range for-profit entrepreneurial ventures such as artistic and creative projects, medical expenses, travel, or community-oriented social entrepreneurship projects. The biggest crowdfunding platforms are Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

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What is Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day is a big British fundraising event

Red Nose Day is organised by Comic Relief, a British charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis (known from Love Actually) and comedian Lenny Henry. Comic Relief was founded in response to famine in Ethiopia but has since then supported many projects in the world and in the UK. The highlight of Comic Reliefs appeal is Red Nose Day, a biennial telethon held in March. Here many celebrities lend a hand in order to raise money for people who need a hand. Red Nose Day alternates with Sport Relief which is also held every 2 year. Here sporters help raising funds for a wide range of projects.

This year’s Red Nose Day will be held on Friday the 24th of March 2017. It will culminate in a night of unmissable live comedy o with hosts including Sir Lenny Henry, Joe Lycett, Miranda Hart, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Warwick Davis, Sally Phillips, Greg Davies, Jonathan Ross and French & Saunders.

Read more about Red Nose Day on their website.

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What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform

Kickstarter’s stated mission is to help bring creative projects to life through crowdfunding. With crowdfunding people can pledge to support your project with money and together raise the sum needed to kickstart the project. Kickstarter has reportedly received more than $1.9 billion in pledges from 9.4 million backers to fund 257,000 creative projects, such as films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, technology and food-related projects.

People who back Kickstarter projects (so called backers) are offered rewards and one of a kind experiences in exchange for their pledges.

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Who is Mel Giedroyc?

Melanie Clare Sophie Mel Giedroyc (/ˈɡɛdrɔɪtʃ/, born 5 June 1968) is an English presenter, actress and comedian

Mel Giedroyc is best known for her comedy work with Sue Perkins, co-hosting series including Light Lunch for Channel 4, The Great British Bake Off for the BBC and chat show Mel and Sue for ITV. In 2017 she is co-host on Let it Shine (BBC), together with Graham Norton.

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SheDecides

What is Shedecides?

Shedecides is a charity

For years, the United States has been an important partner to help bring these numbers down. With a yearly budget of over $600 million for family planning and reproductive health programs, many women and couples around the world received contraceptive services and supplies. Every year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, two million unsafe abortions were prevented and over 11.000 deaths were averted.

But these gains are now at risk. The reinstatement of the so-called Mexico City Policy prohibits US government funding of organizations that provide access to (information about) abortions. Many of these organizations also provide access to family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention.

We cannot let that happen. Women and girls should have the right to make their own choices. They should have access to adequate health care.

That is why Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, decided to launch the She Decides – Global Fundraising Initiative. It aims to ensure that millions of women and girls are in charge of their own bodies.

The financial contributions for the She Decides -Global Fundraising Initiative will be made available to organizations affected by the Mexico City Policy. They will fund reproductive health initiatives in developing countries.

Several governments have already announced they will join the She Decides: Global Fundraising Initiative.

The Initiative is also open to individual contributions. You can help! Donations for She Decides are coordinated by The Rutgers Foundation.

You can find more information and make a donation on the website of shedecides.com

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What does SCOTUS mean?

SCOTUS means the Supreme Court of the United States

SCOTUS is the highest federal court of the United States. It has ultimate (and largely discretionary) appellate jurisdiction over all federal courts and over state court cases involving issues of federal law, plus original jurisdiction over a small range of cases. In the legal system of the United States, the Supreme Court is the final interpreter of federal constitutional law, although it may only act within the context of a case in which it has jurisdiction.

The Court meets in the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court is sometimes referred to as SCOTUS, in analogy to other acronyms such as POTUS.

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What does TGIT mean?

TGIT means Thank God it’s Thursday

TGIT is of course a play on TGIF (Thank God it’s Friday). ABC Network started using the #TGIT hashtag when series like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and The Catch all started airing on Thursdays on ABC.

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Kho Phi Phi

Where is Kho Phi Phi?

The Kho Phi Phi Islands are an island group in Thailand

Kho Phi Phi are an island group in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the west Strait of Malacca coast of the mainland. The islands are administratively part of Krabi province. Ko Phi Phi Don (ko (Thai: เกาะ) meaning island in the Thai language) is the largest island of the group, and is the most populated island of the group, although the beaches of the second largest island, Ko Phi Phi Lee (or Ko Phi Phi Leh), are visited by many people as well. The rest of the islands in the group, including Bida Nok, Bida Noi, and Bamboo Island (Ko Mai Phai), are not much more than large limestone rocks jutting out of the sea. The Islands are reachable by speedboats or Long-tail boats most often from Krabi Town or from various piers in Phuket Province.

Phi Phi Don was initially populated by Muslim fishermen during the late-1940s, and later became a coconut plantation. The Thai population of Phi Phi Don remains more than 80% Muslim. The actual population however, if counting laborers, especially from the north-east, is much more Buddhist these days. The population is between 2,000 and 3,000 people (2013).

The islands came to worldwide prominence when Ko Phi Phi Leh was used as a location for the 2000 British-American film The Beach. This attracted criticism, with claims that the film company had damaged the islands environment, since the producers bulldozed beach areas and planted palm trees to make it resemble description in the book, an accusation the films makers contest. An increase in tourism was attributed to the films release, which resulted in increases in waste on the Islands, and more developments in and around the Phi Phi Don Village. Phi Phi Lee also houses the Viking Cave, where there is a thriving industry harvesting edible birds nest.

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What is Duckduckgo?

DuckDuckGo is a search engine

DuckDuckGo is a search engine like Bing and Google. The special thing about DuckDuckGo is that they are known for respecting privacy and transparency. You can search on DuckDuckGo completely anonymously without any data of you being recorded. Also, all data from DuckDuckGo is publicly available.

DuckDuckGo is a niche search engine that not many people know. It is noteworthy that the search engine does show a stable annual growth rate. Recently, DuckDuckGo had a milestone of 14 million searches accomplished in a day.

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