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International News Archive - June 24, 2012

'Girl Thing' Science Campaign Video Deemed Patronizing, Insulting

A video launched last week by the European Commission as part of a campaign to encouraging young women to explore careers in scientific research fields was made inaccessible to the public after being roundly criticized in the media as patronizing, offensive, and insulting.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.