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: NASA's Next Great Space Telescope

April 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA plans to launch the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018. Once in orbit, the infrared telescope will outpace Hubble in its ability to see stars and galaxies millions and billions of light years away. "It will show us the first stars and galaxies that formed in the early universe,"...

Video: Inside the World's Most Secretive Startup

April 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Immersive virtual reality, like that of Oculus Rift, can put you in a new world for a brief amount of time. But what if virtual reality became mixed reality and appeared to interact with real, solid objects in front of you? That's what southern Florida start-up Magic Leap is working...

Video: Which Smartphone Voice Assistant Sounds Most Human?

April 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google recently updated the voice of its digital assistant to sound more human and less robotic. However, will a more natural voice correspond with better answers from Google Now? Many are also curious as to how the three main smartphone assistants Siri, Google Now and Cortana stack up against each...

Video: Why You Should Uninstall QuickTime for Windows, ASAP

April 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hey Windows users, do you have Apple's QuickTime video player installed? If so, it's time to get rid of it. Apple is allegedly abandoning the program, leaving it extremely vulnerable to hackers. Two critical bugs have already been discovered in the software. The Homeland Security Department has made an official...

Video: How Energy-Efficient Is the Death Star?

April 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department, in celebration of "The Force Awakens," invited four scientists from the agency's national labs to participate in a Google Hangout to discuss the theoretical energy use in the "Star Wars" series. The group previously discussed potential energy sources for lightsabers and what kind of batteries R2-D2 needs...

Video: Google Calendar Wants to Help You Achieve Your Goals

April 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to learn a new language? Achieving a goal like that requires work and time, and Google wants to help its users find that time to put in the work. The tech giant recently added a new feature to its Calendar app. Switch it on and take a short survey...

Video: Is This the Hoverboard We've Been Waiting For?

April 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the "hoverboard" trend hit the market last fall, many were understandable annoyed, as every single brand and model of these toys had two wheels that stayed firmly planted on the ground. But recently, Zapata Racing gave those of us with true hover dreams hope when the company posted a...

Video: This Self-Driving Car Works in Total Darkness

April 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Driving without headlights normally sounds like a terrible idea, but Ford is demonstrating that its self-driving test vehicles can function in complete darkness. How does it work? The car processes data from 3-D maps to determine where the road is and will also use lasers to keep track of objects...

Video: Why Social Apps Are Hogging Your Data and How You Can Fix It

April 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Every smartphone user should be mindful of how much data their apps are using. Even those with unlimited data plans will notice a speed slowdown if and when they hit a certain data threshold. The main culprits hogging all this data? Social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Most...

Video: Here's What Riding a Virtual Reality Coaster Looks Like

April 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Six Flags theme park in Atlanta, Georgia, has introduced the world's first virtual-reality roller coaster. How does it work? Riders are strapped with a Samsung Gear VR headset and a small box is added to the back of each roller coaster train that connects to the headsets. Once synced up,...

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