LII:The Laboratories of Our Lives: Labs, Labs Everywhere!

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Title: The Laboratories of Our Lives: Labs, Labs Everywhere!

Author for citation: Shawn E. Douglas

License for content: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Publication date: July 2017


This guide takes a look at the laboratories that up-front — and more often, behind-the-scenes — intersect our lives on a daily basis. This guide includes laboratory history, an evaluative and contextual framework for understanding laboratories' roles in our lives, analysis of 20 different industry lab types, and closing discussion and remarks.

The table of contents for The Laboratories of Our Lives: Labs, Labs Everywhere! is as follows:


1. Laboratories: A historical perspective

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Origins of the laboratory
1.3 Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century laboratories
1.4 Modern laboratories and their importance

2. A framework for the laboratories in our lives

2.1 The framework

3. Labs by industry: Part 1

3.1 Labs by industry: Part 1
3.1.1 Agriculture and forestry
3.1.2 Automotive, aerospace, and marine
3.1.3 Calibration and standards
3.1.4 Chemical
3.1.5 Clinical, public and private

4. Labs by industry: Part 2

4.1 Labs by industry: Part 2
4.1.1 Clinical and academic research
4.1.2 Cosmetic
4.1.3 Energy
4.1.4 Environmental
4.1.5 Food and beverage

5. Labs by industry: Part 3

5.1 Labs by industry: Part 3
5.1.1 Geology and mining
5.1.2 Law enforcement and forensics
5.1.3 Life sciences and biotechnology
5.1.4 Logistics
5.1.5 Manufacturing and R&D

6. Labs by industry: Part 4

6.1 Labs by industry: Part 4
6.1.1 Nanotechnology
6.1.2 Petrochemical and hydrocarbon
6.1.3 Pharmaceutical
6.1.4 Power and utility
6.1.5 Veterinary

7. Discussion and closing remarks

7.1 Discussion
7.2 Closing remarks