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: This Self-Driving Car Works in Total Darkness

April 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Driving without headlights normally sounds like a terrible idea, but Ford is demonstrating that its self-driving test vehicles can function in complete darkness. How does it work? The car processes data from 3-D maps to determine where the road is and will also use lasers to keep track of objects...

Video: Why Social Apps Are Hogging Your Data and How You Can Fix It

April 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Every smartphone user should be mindful of how much data their apps are using. Even those with unlimited data plans will notice a speed slowdown if and when they hit a certain data threshold. The main culprits hogging all this data? Social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Most...

Video: Here's What Riding a Virtual Reality Coaster Looks Like

April 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Six Flags theme park in Atlanta, Georgia, has introduced the world's first virtual-reality roller coaster. How does it work? Riders are strapped with a Samsung Gear VR headset and a small box is added to the back of each roller coaster train that connects to the headsets. Once synced up,...

Video: Astronauts Aboard the ISS Answer All the Weird Space Questions You Normally Just Google

April 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Life aboard the International Space Station is exciting but difficult. And those of us stuck on the ground have a lot of questions about the daily lives of the astronauts in low-Earth orbit. NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams and ESA astronaut Tim Peake, currently living and working aboard...

Federal Cybersecurity by the Numbers: The Biggest Spenders and the Biggest Threats

April 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Over the couple years, cyberincidents reported by federal agencies have nearly doubled -- from about 41,000 in 2011 to more than 77,000 last year. Partly that’s because agencies are getting smarter about detecting threats, such as suspicious network activity or malware able to slip past traditional antivirus tools. But the...

Video: Inside the Medieval City Where the Future of Computing Is Built

April 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The medieval city of Leven, Belgium, is home to Imec, a research center responsible for figuring out what will and won't work in next-generation chips for PCs and smartphones. In other words, these 2,300 researchers are responsible for your favorite gadgets of tomorrow. But Imec is working on other things...

Video: An Inflatable Bouncy Castle in Space

April 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On April 8, in partnership with Bigelow Aerospace, SpaceX will launch what is basically an inflatable bouncy castle to the International Space Station. The hope is that it will one day house both astronauts and tourists. The bouncy prototype, known as the Bigelow expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, will attach...

Video: What To Do When Your Phone's Screen Breaks

April 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You dropped your iPhone and the screen has cracked. What do you do? A shattered screen isn't a death sentence for your device. One option is to go to the Apple store to get it fixed. This can be slightly pricey at around $150 or potentially free if it's discovered...

Video: Virtual Reality Tech Brings Mars to Earth

March 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dreaming of a trip to Mars? Unless you're one of NASA's astronaut candidates, that dream is sadly unlikely to come true. The space agency has partnered with Microsoft HoloLens, however, to give space enthusiasts a glimpse into what stepping on Martian soil would be like. NASA engineers already use virtual...

Video: Every App You Need While Traveling

March 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the weather warms up, people are preparing for their spring break trips or planning for a summer vacation. Whether it's a flight across the globe or just a road trip across the state, there are a few apps that will make your journey less stressful. Everyone can use Hotel...

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