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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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360 Video: Watch NASA Astronauts Train for a Spacewalk Underwater

September 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How does an astronaut train for the strange conditions of space without going to space? Underwater, of course. To train for the spacewalk, or extra vehicular activity, astronauts work on a full-scale replica of the International Space Station inside of the largest indoor swimming pool in the world at Johnson...

Video: How the Energy Department Is Enabling the Wind Plant of Tomorrow

September 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How can we improve wind energy? That is the question the Energy Department is asking with its Atmosphere to Electrons, or A2e, multiyear research initiative. "It's really a brand-new consortia that was put together to really take wind energy from where we see it today to tomorrow where, as a...

Video: How to Use NIST's Cybersecurity Framework

September 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What is the best way to use the Cybersecurity Framework? Developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Cybersecurity Framework is a tool available to all kinds of organizations to bolster their security. Based on existing standards and guidelines, it focuses on five key actions: identify, protect, detect,...

Video: The Most Advanced Science Ship in America Hits the Water

September 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The newest member of the U.S. academic research fleet has hit the seas. The Sally Ride, named after the first American woman in space, belongs to the U.S. Navy, but is operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California. Measuring 238 feet long, the vessel contains four...

Video: The Largest 3-D-Printed Object in the World

August 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's official: The Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has produced the world's biggest solid 3-D-printed object and the feat was even verified by Guinness World Records. The object in question? A tool for Boeing to use when building the wings for its 777X aircraft. It's lighter and cheaper than...

Video: What Does a Robot-Run Laboratory Look Like?

August 30, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow People are getting their DNA tested at an increasing rate to see their risk factors for certain cancers or to find out what genes they'll potentially pass on to their children. Counsyl, a genetic testing company, developed one of the world's first automated DNA testing laboratories. The lab can process...

What Futuristic Tech Will You See In Your Lifetime?

August 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We're on the cusp of a massive technological revolution. Just a decade ago, the internet of everything wasn't a buzzword and self-driving cars hadn't hit roads. As we become more connected, our daily lives will change drastically. To see what some of those changes will look like and when they...

Video: The Mobile Web to Become Less Annoying Thanks to Google

August 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever try to access a website on your smartphone and an ad or message pops up and blocks everything? Google is developing a way to stop this. The tech giant is instituting changes to its algorithm so mobile search results will reward sites that don't use such intrusive measures. Google...

Video: Keep Prying Eyes Off Your Laptop With Built-in Privacy Filter

August 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Everyone worries about hacking dangers like phishing and malware, but those aren't the only ways computer users are left vulnerable. Anyone can simply sneak a peek at your screen when you're entering passwords or reading sensitive information while working at a crowded cafe or on an airplane. While there are...

Video: This Serious Note-Taking App Can Help You Write it All Down

August 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking for a way beyond pen and paper to take notes during that important meeting? Check out the MyScript Nebo note-taking app. A double tap is all it takes for the app to recognize the text you've handwritten with a stylus. It also recognizes corrections: Scribble out a word and...

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