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Smithsonian Hires National Geographic Executive

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The Smithsonian Institution has hired National Geographic Executive Christopher Liedel to become president of the profit-making arm of the museum complex.

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough named Liedel to the post, which will oversee a media division that includes Smithsonian Magazine and the Smithsonian Channel on cable television, as well as retail businesses such as museum stores, IMAX theaters, food services and travel programs.

Liedel has been with National Geographic for 16 years, most recently as executive vice president and CFO. He assisted with the launch of National Geographic channels and publishing businesses.

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Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.
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Domino's Pizza Tests Drone Delivery In New Zealand

Don't expect the service soon. The head of a drone company told Reuters they have to figure out how to navigate "random hazards like power lines, moving vehicles and children in the backyard playing."
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All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?

The share of multiracial children in America has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years. It's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me.
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A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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