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We hope you all had a great Fourth of July last weekend! The holiday didn’t slow your labs down a bit. Let’s see what you’ve all been doing and talking about in today’s news roundup.

  • The White House just announced 12 new communities around the country to receive support to build their manufacturing economies.
  • The Office of Naval Research is hosting an Industry Day on Wednesday to explore a new 3D printing program.
  • 3D printing is also making the news at the Air Force—the current 2016 defense bill includes $10 million for 3D printing research at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
  • And while you’re thinking about Air Force research, read about how AFRL is using biomarkers to protect firefighters’ health from the chronic stress that comes with the job.
  • It’s not only firefighters who have to worry about their health on the job. Fortunately for construction workers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has discovered a practical solution that keeps harmful dust out of their lungs when cutting fiber-cement siding.
  • It sounds like sci-fi, but it’s real: LANL and some collaborators are developing miniature "surrogate" human organs that can be used to test the effects of drugs and toxins without risking anyone’s health.
  • You should definitely make time to read this op-ed from Sens. Thune and Gardner announcing an innovation and competitiveness working group that will craft science and technology policy legislation....
  • ...and this NPR story that features industry use of Oak Ridge National Lab’s supercomputers, and how one company is using its Titan to create better flood maps.
  • Staying with ORNL a second, remember when we told you they 3D printed a car? Now, a company that’s working with them is launching one to the market!
  • In great news for California, Berkeley Lab has developed a way to detect wildfires early with a coordinated system of satellites, planes, and drones.
  • The Department of Homeland Security and MIT Lincoln Lab are working with Australia’s Emergency Management Victoria to develop better emergency response communication systems. The project hinges on software developed by DHS and MIT LL.
  • With their new micro-reactor, scientists at Brookhaven National Lab have found a new, real-time way to monitor atomic-scale changes during catalytic reactions
  • Congrats to Jill Hruby, Sandia’s new director—and the first woman to be tapped to lead a national security lab. (She’ll officially take over the role next Friday.)

We hope that you feel great about your colleagues’ awesome news as you head into this midsummer weekend!

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