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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: The Crazy Tech Airports Use to Track Your Luggage

4:59 PM ET 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...

Video: Take a Peek Inside Facebook's First Data Center

July 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever wonder how Facebook manages the information and timelines of 1 billion users? The answer is a massive data center in Prineville, Oregon, that boasts buildings big enough to fit four football fields. The data hub also uses a technology invented by Facebook -- air cooling. This system involves bringing...

Video: 5 Tips to Speed Up Your Mac

July 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A slow laptop can slow down your productivity. For Mac users, there are a few ways to clean up and speed up your device. All users should be sure to back up all data to an external hard drive. Once all your files are securely backed up, feel free to...

Video: This Robot Glove Uses NASA Tech to Turn You Into a Cyborg

July 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever gotten tired spinning a wrench around and around and around? Enter the RoboGlove, which multiplies the force of the hand wearing it. At the same time, sensors and actuators on each finger tip mimic nerve endings and muscles of a real hand. General Motors developed the glove,...

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