for suggestions, blue
Rolled some of Zombie's into the text.
I was trying to envision paragraph 3's table workbench, and I kind of though that the "featureless flat surface in the center" part was kind of wordy; most tables are flat, so adding an adjective is simpler (flat, nondescript). I got kind of fancy and added "seemingly" so that this advanced lab doesn't sound like it has just a table. Um, what I really mean is that it adds contrast- it's not just a table... it has x, y, and z. Maybe I'm making this too complicated, though.
Zombie's word suggestions are good; I couldn't decide so I tossed in a couple of my suggestions, too.
Our initial intelligence reports tell us that the Aliens are using highly advanced craft and armaments; their movements are seemingly erratic, and their motives unknown. Conventional weapons seem ineffective against them and our toughest armor is easily penetrated by their weaponry. Against these almost impossible odds, our greatest and only weapon is science.
Since we are not familiar with Alien technology, our laboratories must cover all aspects of modern science. Due to the base module size restriction of 25x25 meters, the research area was conceptualized as an adaptable workspace. The laboratory has a design that is easily customized to focus on one specific subject or several smaller ones. Up to 50 scientists, usually organized in three 8-hour shifts, can work in a single laboratory.
When not in use, this facility features little
furniture, only other than a large, seemingly nondescript? flat? L-shaped workbench with a featureless flat surface in the center. Connections for easy access to distilled water, electrical power, laboratory gases and a vacuum exhaust system are integrated into the sides of the counter at regular intervals. Moreover, it provides ample? storage space for a multitude of fully customizable devices and instruments. Sterile laminar airflow hoods for biological research, anti-electrostatic mats for sensitive electronics and shielded, remote-controlled workspace for hazardous materials are additional modules that can be set-up assembled? erected? when needed.
In one corner of the lab a large interactive screen allows easy tracking of workflow, assignment of specific tasks and shows current research results. In addition, Firenet™ nodes located throughout the workbenches provide the scientists with lightning fast wireless connections for optimal information exchange.
Anticipating a need to examine live specimens, a small, high security Alien containment area with added analysis capabilities is included. Integrated into its walls are sensory devices ranging from passive acoustic and optic sensors up to full spectrum EM imagers as well as several extensible active devices including still film X-Ray, CAT/MRI, neutron and 3D ultrasound scanning devices. Some of the rays used are very hazardous so prolonged presence inside the test chamber during active scans is not advised.
With this design and modular equipment, the X-Corps laboratory module should be more than capable of facing the scientific war that is ahead. However, it should be noted that no lab can function without scientists, and they can only work as fast as humanly possible. For
maximum research speed optimal research efficiency? productivity? progress? expedite research?, building several labs and staffing them with scientists is recommended.
"We may not know what we're up to, but we're certainly determined to find out" – Rookie scientist, upon leaving the briefing room.
Edited by Astyanax, 16 February 2007 - 11:01 PM.