Laboratories and Technology Centers
A laboratory (pronounced /ləˈbɒrətəri, ˈlæbərətri/; informally, lab) is a facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments, and measurement may be performed. The title of laboratory is also used for certain other facilities where the processes or equipment used are similar to those in scientific laboratories. These notably include:
- the film laboratory or darkroom
- the computer lab
- the media lab
- the medical lab
- the public health lab
- the clandestine lab for the production of illegal drugs
In recent years government and private centers for innovation in learning, leadership and organization have adopted "lab" in their name to emphasize the experimental and research-oriented nature of their work.
Scientific laboratories can be found in schools and universities, in industry, in government or military facilities, and even aboard ships and spacecraft. A new concept developed by a UK based lab is Lab Time Share which provides start up businesses with access to high quality laboratories and staff at a reduced cost . A laboratory might offer work space for just one to more than thirty researchers depending on its size and purpose.