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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: Car Crash Testing Goes Virtual

December 9, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ensuring the safety of automobiles is risky work -- especially for the crash test dummies. With most vehicles -- and vehicle parts designed digitally -- automakers today have developed a new way of testing what works and what doesn't in their cars: virtual crash testing. All the data making up...

Which 'Star Wars' Droid Would Be Helpful on a NASA Space Mission?

December 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Both in our own solar system as well as in a galaxy far, far away, robots play an important part in space exploration. But which of the famous droids from the "Star Wars" franchise -- R2-D2, C-3PO or newcomer BB-8 -- would actually be the most useful during real missions?...

Video: Need to Speed up Your Wi-Fi? Here's How

December 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A strong Wi-Fi signal is important whether you're teleworking or just Netflix binging. But without an optimized router, you're stuck buffering, and won't get through your to-do and to-watch lists. Placement of the router is key. For best results, users should make sure to place the router out in the...

Video: Honey, I Shrunk the Satellites!

December 4, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to satellites, bigger isn't always better. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory often builds very large satellites, but researchers at JPL also engineer CubeSats, which are very small spacecraft, with the smallest measuring in centimeters. NASA has launched hundreds of these teeny-tiny satellites into low-earth orbit over the past...

These 9 Innovations Changed the Future and They All Came From One Place

December 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Founded several decades ago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab has had far-reaching effects. The lab's work is featured in the smartphone likely sitting right next to you. In the late '60s and early '70s, researchers at MIT began experimenting with the idea of touch computing. "How does a...

NASA Celebrates 20 Years of Heliophysics

December 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While NASA's main focus seems to be researching the rest of the galaxy, the space agency has occasionally turned its attention to our own star. In partnership with the European Space Agency, NASA launched the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, in December 1995. The spacecraft revolutionized the field of...

Video: Got an Old Android Device? Here Are 5 Ways to Repurpose it

December 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When you upgrade your smartphone, what you do with your old device can be an important decision. Users can recycle their old phones, or even sell them for some easy cash. Android users have another option: repurposing them into new gadgets. An old smartphone can become a dedicated fitness tracker,...

Video: Don’t Fall for These Common Smartphone Battery Myths

November 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the most frustrating things about using a smartphone can be the battery. Batteries can drain quicker than expected and users can often feel tethered to their charger. But batteries have come a long way since the days of flip phones. Many misconceptions still exist, however, about how they...

Video: 9-Year-Old Cub Reporter Interviews NASA's Charles Bolden

November 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many kids dream of becoming an astronaut when they grow up. Nine-year-old Max, however, wants to become a reporter. He shared his journalism aspirations of one day interviewing the head of NASA on the Humans of New York blog. NASA decided to make Max's dream a reality and brought him...

Video: Improve Your iPhone Experience With These Widgets

November 23, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To create a more streamlined smartphone experience, many users are turning to widgets. Working like a miniapp, widgets are customizable and give smartphone users the information they need to know during a quick glance at the notification center. For iOS users, a few stand-out options include the Evernote widget, which...