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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: The Closest You Can Get to Space Without Leaving Earth

August 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Inside Building 32 of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, is the closest you can get to outer space without leaving the ground. There, you will find the Space Environment Simulation laboratory, which houses a "clean room" and Chamber A, a thermal vacuum chamber. The chamber recreates the environment...

Video: Meet Buddy, the Robot that Will Help Protect and Connect You

August 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Move over, R2-D2 and C-3PO -- the first real social robotic personal assistant is here. Developed by Blue Frog Robotics, Buddy is an open source robot, powered by Unity 3D and Android software. Buddy is free range and can patrol your house autonomously while users aren't home. Connected to the...

Video: Geronimo Is a Cooler, Faster Way to Read Your Emails

August 25, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ability to receive, read and send emails is one of the most important functions of a smartphone. While there are many email apps available, Geronimo is slightly different because it's gesture based. Instead of simply tapping on buttons, users swipe, flick and even tip the phone forward and back...

Video: Watch These Guys Hack an Electric Skateboard

August 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When people think of hacking, they mainly worry about things like having their identity stolen. But what if a hacker could force you to face plant on the sidewalk? Independent cybersecurity researchers Richard Healey and Mike Ryan have demonstrated hackers can do just that to anyone riding an electric skateboard....

Infographic: Inside a NASA Rocket Engine

August 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's journey to the Red Planet will be a long one. But what will help get the space agency to Mars is the Space Launch System's RS-25 rocket engines. This engine model has been used before -- in the space shuttle -- but the RS-25 is so effective, according to...

Video: Intel Wants to Personalize the Internet of Things

August 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Maker of advanced computer chips, Intel, hopes to bring the personal back to personal computing. At its developer conference this week in San Francisco, the company unveiled a variety of products that are not only a part of the growing Internet of Things, but interact with users in new, more...

Video: Apps to Train Your Brain

August 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Feeling forgetful or mentally sluggish? Like you can't keep up at work? Help your mind out with some brain-training apps. Your gray matter will be in tip-top shape in no time. You might already be familiar with the brain-training app, Lumosity, which helps users work on multitasking and problem solving....

Video: How Data Engages CItizens in Kansas City

August 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Data sets are usually presented in numbers, graphs and spreadsheets, but recently Kansas City, Missouri, decided to expand the idea of what data visualization can be, by sponsoring an exhibit called the "Art of Data." Artists were invited to take data from Kansas City's open data portal and represent it...

Video: The Inconvenient Truth About Wearing Earbuds

August 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you wearing earbuds to listen to music or a podcast or to simply drown out distractions? Stop what you're doing, right now. Earbuds, while popular in open offices as productivity boosters, can permanently damage your ears. The extremely focused sounds that come out of earbuds create aggressive waves that...

Video: Meet the Next Tech Entrepreneurs: Young Women

August 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is a gender gap in the technology industry. Women make up only about 30 percent of the workforce of major technology companies. A similar gap exists in government IT jobs. Since 2010, about 5,000 girls from 45 countries around have taken part in the Technovation Challenge, a program that...