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: A Hail Mary Pass... In Space

February 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We know astronauts aboard the International Space Station are able to watch the Super Bowl, and we know they get creative with their rehydrated tailgating snacks. But can the astronauts get in the game themselves? In honor of Super Bowl LI, the crew of the ISS decided to find out...

Space Queso and Space S'mores: How Astronauts Tailgate

February 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Super Bowl LI is in just a few days, and though we know how astronauts aboard the International Space Station will watch the big game, what snacks do they eat while doing so? Unfortunately, many game-day classics like buffalo wings are out of the question. However, the Space Food Systems...

Video: This Bat Bot Looks A Lot Like the Real Thing

February 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Look out, Batman, there's a new dark knight roaming the skies. Researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Caltech have developed a robot that mimics the movements and flight of a bat. The robot is lightweight, with a skeleton made of carbon fiber and 3-D printed ball-and-socket joints. A...

Video: How MIT's Team Building Fosters Innovation

February 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What's the key to innovation at a place like MIT? At the university's Media Lab, the answer is teamwork. "We have built an organization, here at the MIT Media Lab, that is very deliberately set up to allow people to collaborate across disciplines," said Alex Pentland, creator of the lab....

Video: Look for This Robot Barista on Your Morning Commute

January 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A lot of people stop by Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts every morning on their way to work. These stops can be time-consuming, costly and often crowded. CafeX debuted an alternative option: a robot barista. Order from a kiosk or your smartphone to get precision-made espresso drinks for less than $3....

Video: Useful Features in the New iOS

January 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The latest version of iOS has been released for developers, and the developers out there have discovered some interesting new features. Along with increased functions for Siri, the new operating system boasts a "Find My Airpods" feature, allowing users to locate Apple's small and easy to use wireless headphones. Apple...

Video: Boeing Introduces New Kind of Space Suit

January 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Move over, old, bulky space gear—there's a new suit in town. Boeing has designed an innovative new space suit for the upcoming Starliner mission. The suit, appropriately named the Boeing Blue, includes boots co-designed with Reebok and gloves designed for use with touch screens. Most importantly, it also only weighs...

Video: WhatsApp Features You Might Not Know About

January 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow WhatsApp has become popular all across the world, partly thanks to its end-to-end encryption. But what other features does the app boast? Users can star a message to come back to it at any time and check message history to see whom they chat with the most. Conversely, if you've...

360-Degree Video: Ride Along With a Martian Rover

January 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever wanted to ride along with a Mars rover? NASA is now giving you that opportunity. Not actually on Mars, unfortunately, but in the "Mars Yard,” a terrain simulation area at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This is where hardware and software are tested before the rover launches...

Video: Facial Recognition Can Monitor Your Mood While You Shop

January 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google already tracks data and intel on you while shopping online, and now the tech giant is attempting to do the same in brick-and-mortar shops. Facial detection software from Google, recently showcased at the National Retail Federation's Big Show, could allow stores to gauge your thoughts on merchandise based on...

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