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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: Inside the Technology of an Amazon Warehouse

November 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever wonder what happens in the time between when you order that Amazon package and it arrives on your doorstep two days later? Amazon's fulfillment center in Tracy, California, gets the job done with a mix of automated technology and human efforts. On one of the busiest shopping days of...

Video: NASA Explores the Great Barrier Reef

November 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA doesn't just have its sights set on Mars: The space agency has recently turned its attention to our own planet, particularly its coral reefs. NASA recently started its Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory, or CORAL, mission. The goal of CORAL is to conduct an in-depth study of reef ecosystems across...

Video: How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Space

November 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This Thanksgiving, some might want to be as far away from their families people as possible, but the astronauts aboard the International Space Station have no choice. While they won't get a day off to just float around, the team will enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal featuring such delights as...

Video: Tech to Improve Your Thanksgiving

November 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether you're hosting and in charge of making the big meal, or you're traveling far and wide, Thanksgiving can be fraught with difficulty, from grease fires to traffic jams. Thankfully in 2016, we have some technology that can help. Hands-free voice assistants Siri and Google Assistant (decide here which voice...

Video: Inside the International Space Station’s Inflatable Addition

November 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This April, NASA launched into a space a payload to the International Space Station containing an experimental facility that attached to the space station and since then has been slowly inflating. It's now ready for ISS astronauts to test the viability of the structure as a permanent habitat. The Bigelow...

Video: This Tech Could Charge Your Phone Fully in 5 Minutes

November 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As smartphones become more powerful and increasingly integrated into our lives, battery life remains a primary concern for most users, as seen in the number of portable chargers that exist on the market and the number of people fighting over the corner wall outlet in your local cafe. Qualcomm has...

Video: Simple Ways to Protect Your Privacy

November 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Digital communications are fast, easy and not particularly secure. Emails, chats and texts can be intercepted, downloaded and posted publicly. But anyone squeamish about privacy has a variety of options to better protect conversations. To start, WhatsApp is preferable to other messaging apps, because of its use of end-to-end encryption....

Video: Which Performs Better: Google Assistant or Siri?

November 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As digital assistants get smarter, they also become a more integral part of our lives, managing schedules and keeping users up to date on the news of the day. But who comes out on top between Apple's Siri and Google Assistant? Key commands like "When is my next flight?" might...

Video: How to Fly a Plane With Just Your Brain

November 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Scientists have been developing brain-controlled artificial limbs, but how about a pair of thought-controlled wings? Sort of. Honeywell Aerospace has come up with technology that allows a King Air C90 to be piloted by the mind (along with a computer and some well-placed sensors). To turn right, focus on a...

Video: Frequent Flyers, Take Note of These Travel Gadgets

November 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Navigating airports can be a real nuisance. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, these devices will help getting from point A to point B as painless as possible. Locksmart Mini, a keyless, Bluetooth padlock helps keep your luggage secure. You can also track the location of your luggage from...