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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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...

Video: The High-Powered Technology Inside a Racing Drone

November 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After years of military use, drones are entering many other fields including competitive sport. Some enthusiasts have begun cage-fighting drones. The first national drone-racing championship was held in July. Now, drone sports are becoming more organized with the Drone Racing League preparing to debut in 2016. The league plans to...

What Happens When the CIA Joins Twitter

November 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The CIA sent out its first tweet in June 2014. The response to the humorous message -- "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet" -- was overwhelming, and the agency now has over 1 million followers. Nextgov reporter Mohana Ravindranath sat down with David Egts...

Video: Want to Control Things With Your Mind? Get Some Open Source Hardware

November 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jedi-style mind control may soon be in your grasp. BCI, or brain computer interface, technology reads the electrical signals in your brain and muscles and uses that to control and manipulate connected items in the real world. The technology is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use...

Video: Facebook Will Expand 'Safety Check' Feature Following Paris Attacks

November 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During the recent devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, Facebook turned on its Safety Check feature. This allowed people in Paris to notify all of their friends and family at once that they were safe amid the panic and confusion. Previously the feature was only turned on during natural disasters. Now,...

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