"Busting the Limits of Science Laboratory Economics"
Author: Bush, Robert C.,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: January/February 2008
This article discusses the trend facing today's scientific laboratories: that the more specialized the lab, the more expensive it is, and the less accessible it becomes. Or conversely, the more accessible a lab needs to be, the fewer resources can be dedicated per capita, and the less specialized it becomes. From a numerical standpoint, "real" science is in many respects out of reach of the majority of science students. The alternatives to the conventional labs include the virtual lab, laboratory modularization, and the iLab which is a hybrid environment that includes the use of telemetry, computing, the Internet, and robotics.
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