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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: Top 5 Tech Tools Any Nerd Should Own

June 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you want to get the most of your technology, you're going to need a few handy tools. Cable modem and ethernet kits, for example, can help customize home networks and connected devices. Create your own ethernet cord, and you can stream content and games from Apple TVs and Xboxes...

Project Sidekick is About to Bring Holograms into Space

June 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If living in space wasn't thrilling enough, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will soon have something else to be excited about. NASA is teaming with Microsoft to create Project Sidekick, which uses the tech company's HoloLens to provide virtual aid to ISS astronauts and to help researchers on the...

NASA's Newest Robot is Part Ape, Part Machine

June 25, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After devastating natural disasters, some situations are simply too dangerous for humans. Enter the RoboSimian. That's the name of NASA's new ape-like robot. Originally designed and built for the DARPA robotics challenge, it uses limbs instead of wheels to move around. Scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory were...

Video: The US Army's New Hoverbike

June 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What do you get when you cross a motorcycle and a drone? A top item on the Defense Department's wishlist. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has contracted with Malloy Aeronautics and Survice Engineering to develop a hoverbike. Australian Chris Malloy, founder of Malloy Aeronautics, designed the original prototype of the...

Video: How NASA Tech is Used to Predict Landslides

June 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While NASA is most famous for its missions in the farthest reaches of space, the agency also turns its attention and uses its technology to help planet Earth. NASA is taking on a life-saving big data project, updating the first public catalogue of rainfall-induced landslides from around the world. Since...

How Tech Companies Plan to Control the News

June 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With more people getting their news from social media, the companies that run these feeds are coming up with new ways to determine who sees what news. Apple will soon release a news app for iPhones and iPads and plans to hire journalists to select news stories for the app....

Video: Getting a More Tactile Virtual Reality Experience

June 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been making waves for the past few years, and it will soon be in the hands of consumers as it becomes available for purchase in 2016. The latest iteration of the device is lighter weight, features a 3-D audio system and can connect...

Open Data: Efficiency From Accessibility

June 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tyler Kleykamp believes we're all data people, regardless of our coding or technology skills. As Connecticut’s chief data officer, Kleykamp spearheaded the open data movement in his state. The effort began as a way to explore how businesses received state money through tax credits, loans and grants. By opening up...

Video: 3-D Printing a HabitatMap for Humanity

June 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What do you get when you combine open data, 3-D printing and the Internet of things? One possibility is the Airbeam. Airbeam is a small Arduino-powered wearable device that clips to a purse or a backpack and monitors fine particulate matter to accurately detect air quality in real time. The...

US and China are Two Top Botnet Attack Targets

June 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Though the U.S. has already recently suffered major cyberattacks in 2015, it's likely the hits will keep coming. A new report released by Level 3 Communications tracking botnet activity in the first quarter of 2015 reveals the United States gives and receives the lion's share of botnet attacks. The report...