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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: 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...

Video: Inside the Energy Department's Cyclotron Road Project

July 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Got a crazy idea for renewable energy you hope to develop, but don't have the resources? The Energy Department's Cyclotron Road program might just welcome you with open arms. Run through the agency's Berkeley National Laboratory, the project aims to give chosen participants funding and other resources to conduct research...

Video: 5 Technologies Everyone Thinks Will Be the Death of Us All

July 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Every new technology developed to the public inevitably inspires fear and worries about repercussions. Some worry virtual reality, which has incredible potential as an education tool, will drastically increase social isolation. Others fear the physical health effects of wireless technologies, and whether they increase the risk for cancer. Thankfully, the...

Video: This Teeny Tiny Robot is Powered By an Emotion Engine

July 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cozmo is a companion robot that looks like a cross between Wall-E and a Tonka Truck and fits in the palm of your hand. But this robot proves powerful computing can come in tiny, adorable packages. "Cozmo is really fully packed with technology that starts with 40 or 50 gears...

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