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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
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.