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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: 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...

Video: Uber Takes to the Skies

February 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Popular ride-hailing service Uber is currently developing its fleet of self-driving cars, but it's setting its sights on its next target: the sky. The company recently hired a former NASA aircraft engineer to develop Uber Elevate, a program that would incorporate vertical takeoff and landing vehicles into the Uber fleet....

Video: A Hail Mary Pass... In Space

February 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We know astronauts aboard the International Space Station are able to watch the Super Bowl, and we know they get creative with their rehydrated tailgating snacks. But can the astronauts get in the game themselves? In honor of Super Bowl LI, the crew of the ISS decided to find out...

Space Queso and Space S'mores: How Astronauts Tailgate

February 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Super Bowl LI is in just a few days, and though we know how astronauts aboard the International Space Station will watch the big game, what snacks do they eat while doing so? Unfortunately, many game-day classics like buffalo wings are out of the question. However, the Space Food Systems...

Video: This Bat Bot Looks A Lot Like the Real Thing

February 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Look out, Batman, there's a new dark knight roaming the skies. Researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Caltech have developed a robot that mimics the movements and flight of a bat. The robot is lightweight, with a skeleton made of carbon fiber and 3-D printed ball-and-socket joints. A...

Video: How MIT's Team Building Fosters Innovation

February 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What's the key to innovation at a place like MIT? At the university's Media Lab, the answer is teamwork. "We have built an organization, here at the MIT Media Lab, that is very deliberately set up to allow people to collaborate across disciplines," said Alex Pentland, creator of the lab....