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Caitlin Fairchild

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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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Record-Breaking NASA Astronaut Chats With President About Unusual Drinking Habits

1:48 PM ET Astronaut and Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson has achieved a milestone. On April 24, Whitson officially broke the record for most cumulative days on orbit by a U.S. astronaut: 534 days and counting. To commemorate the event, as per tradition, President Donald Trump, called the International Space Station to congratulate...

How to Slingshot a Spacecraft Between Saturn's Rings and Crash It

April 21, 2017 NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting around Saturn and its moons, collecting data for nearly 13 years. The time has come for Cassini to wrap up its mission, as it will soon run out of fuel. NASA scientists are concerned that if left unchecked the spacecraft will crash into one...

Facebook's Account Recovery Changes Could Drastically Improve Your Online Security

April 20, 2017 If you've ever forgotten your password to a website or app, you know there are two options for getting back in. You could reset the password through a link sent to your email, or answer a security question about what high school you went to and your dog's name. Unfortunately,...

NASA 3-D Printed Its Own 'Space Fabric'

April 19, 2017 Fashion and science collide with one of NASA's latest projects: a metallic fabric that could aid in space exploration. Looking a lot like medieval chain mail, the fabric is 3-D printed all in one piece. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe the foldable and shape-changing material could work as...

Inside Samsung's New Galaxy S8 Phone

April 18, 2017 Samsung's Galaxy S8 is hitting the market and is vastly different from the company's previous offering. To start, the phone doesn't explode. Samsung ensured that by developing a new battery testing system. In addition to that very important fix, the device boasts a fancy curved display and a resistance to...

This Is Still the Best Way To Protect Your Accounts

April 17, 2017 Looking to boost your cybersecurity? Turning on two-factor authentication wherever possible is still the best way to increase security online. Two-factor authentication works whenever you enter your username and password into a service, a numerical code is sent via text message or through an app to a second device, usually...

Windows Vista Users, It's Time to Finally Upgrade

April 14, 2017 It's been 10 years since Microsoft released Windows Vista and now the tech giant is finally killing it. Microsoft will no longer release security updates, fixes or support, paid or otherwise. The operating system first launched in January 2007 and while it was very flashy, many workplace IT departments did...

How to Protect Yourself Against Digital Tax Fraud

April 13, 2017 With only a few days left to do your taxes, many of us have one more thing to worry about when it comes to filing: hackers. A growing percentage of refunds are going to hackers who have filed fake returns for real citizens. With the average refund sitting at $2,900,...

Inside NASA's X-Plane Program

April 12, 2017 For decades, NASA has been developing experimental aircraft and testing them in the Mojave Desert. The space and aeronautics agency is still trying to make aircraft that are faster, quieter and more fuel efficient. The latest experimental craft? The X-57, a flight demonstrator for new propulsion technologies. "The first thing...

These Bluetooth Trackers Make Sure You Don't Lose Anything Ever Again

April 11, 2017 Are you constantly losing your keys or wallet or even the glasses on top of your head? A Bluetooth tracker might be for you then. Tile is a smartphone app that connects to small tiles that come in different sizes and fit easily on a keyring or in a wallet....

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