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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 a Lab That Smashes up Smartphones for Science

August 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you've ever dropped your phone, you know that whether it survives can ride on what kind of case is around the device. OtterBox, a company that specializes in protective cases, has developed its own testing lab where it puts smartphones and their cases through the wringer. An enormous 3-D...

Video: How to Make Your iPhone More Like An Android

August 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Do you have an iPhone but want the flexibility of an Android? Here's what you can do. To start, change your keyboard. Apple recently opened up its iOS to allow for third party keyboards, and conveniently Google makes a keyboard for iOS that has Google search built right into it....

Video: It's Machine against Machine at This Year's Cyber Grand Challenge

August 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What do hackers do at summer camp? Play capture the flag, of course. And this year, computers are getting in on the action instead of humans, for the first time at the Aug. 4 Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Cyber Grand Challenge. Seven computers, or cyber-reasoning systems, have each been...

Video: Password Manager LastPass Fixes Security Flaw

July 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Users of password management system LastPass can rest a bit easier today. The company quickly addressed a security bug that allowed malicious sites to access user logins. What was the problem? The extension's autofill function, which populated usernames and passwords when users visited the applicable website. LastPass would only examine...

Video: Inside NASA's Mission to Neighboring Asteroid

July 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Juno isn't the only NASA mission gathering information in our solar system. NASA is sending a spacecraft, the OSIRIS-REx, to near-Earth asteroid Bennu, which scientists believe may contain chemical clues to the origins of life. After a 2-year journey, remote-sensing instruments on board the craft will map the asteroid in...

Video: Inside Tesla's Massive Gigafactory

July 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elon Musk has big plans for his car company, Tesla. And to achieve his goal of building a massive fleet of affordable electric and solar-powered cars, he's going to need a lot of batteries. To manufacture all of those lithium ion batteries, Tesla is building a factory in Nevada, which...

Video: The Crazy Tech Airports Use to Track Your Luggage

July 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At the airport, travelers take a long journey, making their way from ticketing, through security, with a pit stop at the newsstand and finally arriving at their gate and boarding their airplane. But what about the journey their checked luggage makes? To get the 3.2 billion bags checked annually from...

Video: NASA Scientists and Astronauts Take on San Diego Comic-Con

July 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the annual San Diego Comic-Con International usually showcases the stars and writers of science fiction, this year, NASA scientists, engineers and astronauts spoke at the convention's infamous Hall H. They spoke about upcoming missions, as well as how science fiction like "Star Trek" shaped their career paths. "I think...

Video: What's Next for the Rosetta Mission

July 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You may remember the European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission, which successfully deployed the Philae landing module on the surface of a comet in 2014. Rosetta's job is far from over, however. Soon, the Rosetta spacecraft itself will land on the surface of the comet, to record even more information, to...

Video: NASA Scientists Fact-Check 'Star Trek' Tech

July 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In every generation of "Star Trek," viewers marvel at the advanced technology featured on the Starship Enterprise and wonder: Is technology like the warp drive even possible? While NASA isn't currently able to distort space in order to travel faster than the speed of light, the space agency has some...

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