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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Video: Analyzing Genetic Data From the Space Station

February 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Among its other functions, the International Space Station is a scientific laboratory. During a typical 6-month period, about 800 researchers from around the globe run 250 to 300 experiments onboard the ISS. One recent experiment broke the mold. One researcher, Scott Smith, was able to publish the data from a...

Video: These Apps Will Help You Find a Parking Spot

February 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Parking in a city can be a difficult task. For a while, there have been apps that help drivers navigate, and now there are a few tools to help them park. ParkWhiz is an app that lets users book a space in advance. Enter a destination and available spaces and...

Video: How to Check Your Wi-Fi Speed

February 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wi-Fi makes the world go around. But do you know how fast you're going? Knowing your Wi-Fi speed can allow users to troubleshoot when things are running slowly. Here are two quick ways to check your Wi-Fi speed: On a PC, right click on the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom...

Video: Eliminate Keys With a Smart Lock

February 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For those who chronically can't find their keys, the Yale Assure smart lock might be the answer. This smart device eliminates the need for keys altogether. The device features a touchpad, where you can input a code. Users have the option to choose several different working codes. Family members could...

Video: These High-Tech Glasses Help the Legally Blind See

February 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Some wearables help people track how many steps they take in a day, but others can change lives entirely. A special headset with a video camera, the eSight 3, lets people with certain types of blindness see things near and far. "What it does is it uses a video camera...

Video: NASA Released More Ultra-High Definition Footage of Earth

February 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier in January, NASA released 4K video of Earth, taken by astronaut Jeff Williams aboard the International Space Station. The agency has released even more ultra-high definition footage of our home planet recorded by Williams in 2016. Viewers can see the entire landscape of earth—like the jungles of Peru to...

Video: This Smart Device Controls Your Stove to Prevent House Fires

February 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While many people are reluctant to switch to smart house devices due to their prohibitive cost, perhaps some users would be willing to shell out for a smart device that could help prevent house fires. The iGuardStove Intelligent plugs into your electric range and uses motion sensors to automatically shut...

Video: How Satellite Imagery Helped Save Chimps

February 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's joint mission with the U.S. Geological Survey, the Landsat satellites, has provided the world with satellite imagery and data of Earth for nearly 50 years. Those satellite images have been helping people across the globe. Researchers from the Jane Goodall Institute have used this data in recent years to...

Video: Smart Home Revolution Is Off to a Slow Start

February 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The marketplace is full of devices that transform a traditional home into a smart one, but few have switched from analog to digital and embraced the internet of everything. Why? First, a smart home can be expensive. Purchasing a smart thermostat and a pile of connected lightbulbs add up pretty...

Video: Twitter Cracks Down on Trolls

February 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter recently announced in a blog post it would make changes to the social service that would help curb trolling and harassment on the site. We heard you, we didn't move fast enough last year; now we're thinking about progress in days and hours not weeks and months. — Ed...

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