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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: These Gadgets Could Help During An Emergency

December 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Winter is upon us, and some parts of the country have already seen snowstorms. Thankfully, there are some new gadgets that can help people prepare for blizzards, or any other emergency situation. The Ampware iPhone case has a hand crank on the back that generates power to keep your phone...

Video: Have You Been Hacked? Here Are the Signs

December 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week, news broke that over 1 billion Yahoo accounts were involved in the largest known data breach in history. If you have a Yahoo account from before 2013, it's very likely your personal information is a part of this compromise, and at risk. Yahoo has sent an email to...

Video: NASA Harvests Another Round of Veggies

December 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's harvest season again aboard the International Space Station. The Vegetable Production System, a piece of deployable hardware that can grow certain crops in harsh conditions, has provided some more red romaine lettuce for the astronauts aboard the ISS. The experiment has many benefits. The astronauts get access to fresh...

Video: This Tech Could Turn Your Car Into a Spy

December 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Self-driving cars aren't the only technology Ford is working on. The automaker recently filed a patent for a technology that would crowdsource vehicle identification. The system would be included in a Ford vehicle and could obtain an image of another vehicle's plates and identify the characters on it. That tag...

Video: Driverless Cars Come to Michigan

December 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Michigan has now taken the lead in the race to get driverless cars on the road. Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a bill allowing the operation and eventual sale of self-driving vehicles in the state. Nevada and California have previously authorized testing of autonomous cars, but the Michigan law will...

Video: Inside the Initiative to Build Energy-Efficient Schools

December 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department is partnering with school districts around the country on the Zero Energy Schools Accelerator. The initiative hopes to cut down on energy waste in school buildings. Six school districts across the U.S. will collaborate on energy-efficient construction methods that are also cost competitive. Discovery Elementary in Arlington,...

The 7 Best NASA GIFs You Need to See

December 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has joined social sites Pinterest and Giphy to share all of the images the agency has taken throughout its many missions. Drumroll…announcing the official launch of our @GIPHY & @Pinterest accounts! Take an out-of-this-world journey: https://t.co/r2OZdjzgXz pic.twitter.com/ffgrivIxbQ — NASA (@NASA) December 8, 2016 On Pinterest, NASA has already amassed...

Video: Here's How Google's New Safety App Works

December 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a natural disaster or other emergency situation occurs, people often want to know if their friends in that geographic area are safe. Google has developed a new app, Trusted Contacts, that lets users easily share their location with loved ones. After installing the app, users add contacts of the...

Video: How NASA Uses Teamwork to Explore Solar System

December 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To explore the universe, you can't go about it alone. As an agency, NASA only functions through teamwork—scientists and engineers collaborating in harmony. And as NASA wraps up its Cassini mission to Saturn, that has been especially evident. The agency is about to embark on the final phase of the...

Video: Social Media Giants Take on Terrorist Propaganda

December 6, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Terrorist organizations like ISIS have managed to spread their message and recruit new members using the same social media platforms people use to share selfies and cat videos. Tech organizations Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter have formed an alliance and are creating a shared database of unique digital fingerprints of...

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