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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: Why Did NASA Set a Fire in Space?

June 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What happens when you light a fire in space? That's exactly what NASA hopes to understand with its spacecraft fire experiment. Flames on Earth rely on gravity and our atmosphere to give them their shape and direction. In microgravity, the flame on a match stays like a little sphere. So,...

Video: Flying to Jupiter on Just Enough Solar Power to Run a Blender

June 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In less than two weeks, humanity's most distant solar-powered spacecraft will reach its destination: The planet Jupiter, 1.7 billion miles from Earth. Named Juno, the craft contains three massive solar arrays, each 29 feet long and weighing about 250 lbs, making the entire craft unfurled about 65 feet across --...

Video: Google's Symptom Search Can Help Diagnose You

June 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Feeling sick and you're not sure why? Google is here to help! In the tech giant's latest mobile site update, special medical information will be displayed immediately in users' search results. If you search a symptom like "headache" or "fever," instead of just generic results, Google will also provide a...

Video: The Tech Behind NASA's New Experimental X-Plane

June 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA is known for building spacecraft that can navigate the outer reaches of our solar system. Now, the space agency is developing a new kind of airplane that cruises the friendly skies of Earth -- the fully electric X-57. The aircraft boasts 14 motors, most of which don't actually provide...

Video: Top 5 Hidden Features of iOS 10

June 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple has publicized many of the changes coming with its new iOS, including a Siri that's been opened up to developers and new messaging features. But what else is new and less known? The iPhone's expanded control center will now feature 3-D touch. When users lightly touch the flashlight icon,...

Video: If Robots Take Over All the Jobs, What Will be Left for Us To Do?

June 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's already happening in the manufacturing industry. Jobs once held by humans are now quickly and efficiently completed by robots. There are also signs of a similar shift to automated labor one day in white-collar professions like law and medicine. But what happens in the future when robots have filled...

Video: 4 Tips to Improve Calls on the iPhone

June 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While fewer people use their smartphones to actually make calls, and instead rely on text messaging and social media apps to communicate, there are a few ways to make those phone calls better. If you know your hands will be tied, under the accessibility settings you can choose to have...

VIdeo: Energy Department's Ultrasonic Clothes Dryer -- No Heat Needed

June 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drying your clothes can be the most energy-consuming things you do in your home. Not to mention dryer heat frequently ruins and shrinks precious clothes. Enter the next generation of clothes dryers. Developed by scientists at the Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and in partnership with GE Appliances, the...

Video: Apple Opens Up Siri to Developers

June 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During Apple's latest conference, the company announced it would be opening up voice assistant Siri to developers. What exactly does that mean? You can tell Siri to send a message in Slack or tell Siri to order an Uber for you. The possibilities for app developers to use Siri are...

Video: Millions of Twitter Accounts Allegedly for Sale

June 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to a leaker going by the name of Tessa 88, a Russian hacker has compromised 379 million Twitter accounts. The hacker is selling all of this Twitter data, like the email addresses associated with the accounts as well as plain-text passwords, for the price of 10 Bitcoin -- or...

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