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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: After Emissions Software Scandal, Volkswagen to Buy Back Dirty Cars

June 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In September 2015, Volkswagen was caught in a massive scandal. The German automaker had been intentionally selling diesel-fuel cars with software that cheated emissions testing. Roughly 11 million vehicles were affected by the algorithmic dupe. Now, the settlement Volkswagen made with U.S. regulators is public. The company must pay billions...

Video: These New Dropbox Features Will Make You More Productive

June 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow File hosting and cloud service company Dropbox recently announced several new additions to its software platform. These new updates might be just the thing to help workers get more done in less time. The Dropbox iOS app now lets you scan documents from blueprints to receipts using an iPhone camera....

Video: Watch NASA Test its Biggest Rocket, Ever

June 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If we're going to get astronauts to Mars, NASA will need a way to get them out of our atmosphere with gusto. How about the most powerful rocket in the world? The space agency's Space Launch System, or SLS, fits that bill -- it measures about half the length of...

Video: Why Did NASA Set a Fire in Space?

June 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What happens when you light a fire in space? That's exactly what NASA hopes to understand with its spacecraft fire experiment. Flames on Earth rely on gravity and our atmosphere to give them their shape and direction. In microgravity, the flame on a match stays like a little sphere. So,...

Video: Flying to Jupiter on Just Enough Solar Power to Run a Blender

June 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In less than two weeks, humanity's most distant solar-powered spacecraft will reach its destination: The planet Jupiter, 1.7 billion miles from Earth. Named Juno, the craft contains three massive solar arrays, each 29 feet long and weighing about 250 lbs, making the entire craft unfurled about 65 feet across --...

Video: Google's Symptom Search Can Help Diagnose You

June 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Feeling sick and you're not sure why? Google is here to help! In the tech giant's latest mobile site update, special medical information will be displayed immediately in users' search results. If you search a symptom like "headache" or "fever," instead of just generic results, Google will also provide a...

Video: The Tech Behind NASA's New Experimental X-Plane

June 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA is known for building spacecraft that can navigate the outer reaches of our solar system. Now, the space agency is developing a new kind of airplane that cruises the friendly skies of Earth -- the fully electric X-57. The aircraft boasts 14 motors, most of which don't actually provide...

Video: Top 5 Hidden Features of iOS 10

June 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple has publicized many of the changes coming with its new iOS, including a Siri that's been opened up to developers and new messaging features. But what else is new and less known? The iPhone's expanded control center will now feature 3-D touch. When users lightly touch the flashlight icon,...

Video: If Robots Take Over All the Jobs, What Will be Left for Us To Do?

June 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's already happening in the manufacturing industry. Jobs once held by humans are now quickly and efficiently completed by robots. There are also signs of a similar shift to automated labor one day in white-collar professions like law and medicine. But what happens in the future when robots have filled...

Video: 4 Tips to Improve Calls on the iPhone

June 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While fewer people use their smartphones to actually make calls, and instead rely on text messaging and social media apps to communicate, there are a few ways to make those phone calls better. If you know your hands will be tied, under the accessibility settings you can choose to have...

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