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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: How NASA Uses Teamwork to Explore Solar System

December 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To explore the universe, you can't go about it alone. As an agency, NASA only functions through teamwork—scientists and engineers collaborating in harmony. And as NASA wraps up its Cassini mission to Saturn, that has been especially evident. The agency is about to embark on the final phase of the...

Video: Social Media Giants Take on Terrorist Propaganda

December 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Terrorist organizations like ISIS have managed to spread their message and recruit new members using the same social media platforms people use to share selfies and cat videos. Tech organizations Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter have formed an alliance and are creating a shared database of unique digital fingerprints of...

Video: Get Your Hands on Virtual Reality with Oculus Touch

December 5, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For years, Oculus has been garnering buzz for its virtual reality system, and the company promised full-bodied VR when it debuted the Oculus Rift earlier in 2016. The hand-held controls, known as Oculus Touch, are finally here. They track motion, but also contain analog buttons. The system can even track...

Video: NASA Celebrates 'Hidden Figures'

December 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new film "Hidden Figures" tells the story of several black female NASA employees who were integral to the Apollo space program. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson were mathematicians, often dubbed "human computers" whose calculations allowed the space agency to blast John Glenn into orbit. Their little-known story...

Video: How AI Tech Is Used to Take Down Poachers

December 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Poaching is a massive problem for the elephant and rhinoceros populations in countries like South Africa and Kenya. The World Wildlife Fund has recently implemented some new technologies in wildlife preserves to combat poachers. Thermal imaging from tech company Flir lets rangers keep their eye on endangered animals at all...

Video: Meet the Energy Department's Salmon Cannon

November 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department is doing its part to help salmon fly high. The agency has recently helped develop the Whooshh Fish Transport System, also known as the salmon cannon. The system is a series of flexible pressurized tubes that suck up fish and give them a boost over dams so...

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...

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