Aperture Science

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| name = Aperture Science, Inc.
| type = Scientific research corporation 
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* Cave Johnson (1947 to late 1980s)
* Caroline (Late 1980s to unknown)
* GLaDOS (Timeline of the Half-Life universe-|May 1998)
* Wheatley (Briefly, unknown date)
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| capital = WikipediaUpper Peninsula of Michigan|Upper Michigan, WikipediaUnited States|USA (Aperture Science Enrichment Center|Enrichment Center)FileUnderground trophycase newspaper.png|''The Up Pioneer Press'' cover
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* ''A Trusted Friend in Science''''Portal''http//store.valvesoftware.com/ The Valve Store
* ''Not Never But NOW''
* ''Courage is Not the Absence of Fear''
* ''There's a hole in the sky through which things can fly''http//store.steampowered.com/app/922/ ''Portal'' trailer
* ''We do what we must because we can''
* ''The best damn applied sciences company on Earth'' (informal)Portal ARG|''Portal'' ARG
* ''A clear picture of the future''PotatoFoolsDay ARG|''PotatoFoolsDay'' ARG
* ''A clear focus on the future''
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* Aperture Science Sentry Turret
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* Aperture Science Bomb
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'''Aperture Science, Inc.'''ApertureScience.com is a fictional United States-based scientific research corporation appearing in ''Portal'' and ''Portal 2'', as well as its logo on the Borealis in Half Life 2 Episode Two.

The main facility is the Aperture Science Enrichment Center, located in WikipediaUpper Peninsula of Michigan|Upper Michigan, with at least one other base of operations in WikipediaCleveland|Cleveland, Ohio.FileBorealis plans 01.png|''Borealis'' blueprint Originally a WikipediaShower curtains|shower curtain manufacturer named '''Aperture Fixtures''',FileUnderground trophycase showercurtain.png|Shower Curtain Salesman award, 1943 it evolved over the course of half a century into an experimental physics research institution and a bitter rival of Black Mesa. 

'''Aperture Laboratories''' is also used as a trade name by Aperture Science for most of its products, as '''Aperture Science WikipediaDoing business as|dba Aperture Laboratories'''. '''Aperture Science Innovators''' was the brand used before the 1970s.

== Overview ==
=== History ===
==== Cave Johnson era ====
In '''1947''', '''Aperture Fixtures''' is founded by Cave Johnson as a shower curtain manufacturer (The name "Aperture Fixtures" was chosen "to make the curtains appear more hygienic"). 
FileASCDT cave.jpg|thumb|200px|Cave Johnson, founder and CEO.
In '''1956''', the WikipediaDwight D. Eisenhower|Eisenhower administration signs a contract with Aperture to manufacture shower curtains to all branches of the WikipediaUnited States armed forces|US Military, except the WikipediaUnited States Navy|Navy. 

From '''1957''' to '''1973''', the company produces mostly shower curtainshttp//gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2010/03/24/Aperture-Science_3A00_-A-History.aspx Aperture Science A History on Game Informer and enjoys a great deal of success, making Cave Johnson a billionaire. As far as 1973, Aperture also uses a Portal ARG|bulletin board system. 

During this point, early work on the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device began; the early version, called the Aperture Science Portable Quantum Tunneling Device, proved to be too bulky for effective use, while poor surface conductors for the portals often caused mangling or death of the test subjects when they tried to use the portals.{{citation needed}} Repulsion Gel was first developed around this time as well for use as a diet aid. At first only the brightest and best of society were chosen for testing, but after being connected to a string of astronaut disappearances in '''1968''', Aperture Science focused on recruiting homeless people for testing, starting in '''1976'''. Cave suspects Black Mesa of industrial espionage on the company's products, and blames them for Aperture's bankruptcy. (Propulsion Gel was released around this time too.)

In '''1974''', Cave Johnson is exposed to toxic Conversion Gel, made out of ground-up moon rocks. 

In '''1976''', both of Cave Johnson's kidneys fail. Brain damaged, dying, and incapable of realizing time is not now flowing backwards (thus knowing his time will come soon), he lays out a three-tiered research and development program. The results, he says, will "guarantee the continued success of Aperture Science far into the fast-approaching distant past." 

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|The three tiers of this research and development program are 

* Tier 1 The Heimlich Counter-Maneuver - "A reliable technique for interrupting the life-saving WikipediaChoking thrusts|Heimlich Maneuver."

* Tier 2 The Take-A-Wish Foundation - "A charitable organization that will purchase wishes from the parents of terminally ill children and redistribute them to wish-deprived but otherwise healthy adults." It counters the real-life WikipediaMake-A-Wish Foundation|Make-A-Wish Foundation, designed to grant wishes to terminally ill children.

* Tier 3 The 'Portal' project - As described by Johnson when it was first laid out "Some kind of rip in the fabric of space... That would... Well, it'd be like, I don't know, something that would help with the shower curtains I guess. I haven't worked this idea out as much as the wish-taking one." This is what will become the 'Portal' project, involving the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device and its creation of Teleportation|portals.

==== Post-Cave Johnson era ====

In '''1981''', Aperture engineers complete the Heimlich Counter-Maneuver and Take-A-Wish Foundation initiatives. The company announces products related to the research in a televised ceremony. Unsurprisingly, these products become immediately, wildly unpopular. After a string of highly publicized choking and despondent sick child disasters, senior company officials are summoned before a Senate investigative committee. During these proceedings, an engineer mentions that some progress has been made on Tier 3, the "man-sized ad hoc quantum tunnel through physical space, with possible applications as a shower curtain." The committee is quickly permanently recessed, and Aperture is granted an open-ended contract to secretly continue research on the 'Portal' and Heimlich Counter-Maneuver projects. 

From '''1981''' to '''1985''', work progresses on the 'Portal' project. During this time, several high ranking Fatah personnel choke to death on lamb chunks despite the intervention of their bodyguards, showing that the US government has apparently put the Heimlich Counter-Maneuver to work.

As far as '''1982''', the Enrichment Center, where Test Subjects undergo tests, is functioning, as the Enrichment Center Test Subject Application Process, a 50-question questionnaire destined for applying Test Subject, is already used at that time. It is unknown if the Enrichment Center is already "computer-aided" in '''1982''', as scientists have known to supervise them from small offices until an undetermined date. The Enrichment Center Test Subject Application is operated by version 1.07 of GLaDOS, later "1.07a" and "1.09". 

In '''1985''', the Aperture Image Format is created. 

In '''1985''', the Aperture Image Format is maintained by Doug Rattmann. 

In '''1986''', word reaches Aperture Science management that Black Mesa is working on a similar portal technology. In response to this news, Aperture Science begins developing GLaDOS. 

In '''1996''', after a decade spent bringing the Disk Operating System parts of GLaDOS to a state of more or less basic functionality, work begins on the Genetic Lifeform component. During that time, the Aperture Science Red Phone plan is implemented in case GLaDOS appears to become sentient and godlike, requiring an employee to sit by a red phone on a desk in GLaDOS chamber's entrance hall.''Portal'' commentary 

In '''1997''', GLaDOS' version is 3.11.

In '''1998''', Aperture Science releases the Propulsion Gel to the public as a diet aid, serving as a dietetic pudding substitute made out of liquefied, slightly less non-toxic fiberglass insulation (i.e. slightly more toxic) and marketed under the name "Propulsion Pudding". However it is a failure and must be pulled from shelves. Later that year a new formula, the Repulsion Gel, is released, and is another failure. Both Gels are subsequently recycled for use with the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device|ASHPD in Testing Track|Test Chambers instead. The same year, Aperture releases other testing elements, such as the Excursion Funnel, a tractor beam-like funnel made of liquid asbestos, the Thermal Discouragement Beam, a laser to be used with a Aperture Science Weighted Pivot Cube|Weighted Pivot Cube to destroy Sentry Guns and activate some buttons, the Aerial Faith Plate, a catapult plate flinging into the air Test Subjects or any other object upon contact, and the Pneumatic Diversity Vent, a variant of the Vital Apparatus Vent used for distributing objects to Test Chambers.http//gameinformer.com/mag/portal2.aspx Game Informer, April 2010 issuehttp//www.youtube.com/user/CombineOverWiki/AE0347FA6322E531 Portal 2 video playlist on Combine OverWiki's YouTube channel

FileAperture Science Exit.jpg|thumb|left|200px|A back exit of Aperture Laboratories years in the future.

In '''200-|May 1998''', the untested AI of GLaDOS is activated for the first time as one of the planned activities on Aperture's first annual bring-your-daughter-to-work day. Upon being activated, she almost instantly becomes self-aware, takes control of the facility, locks everyone inside, floods the Enrichment Center with a deadly neurotoxin, but is partially halted when she is quickly fitted with a Aperture Science Personality Construct Core|Morality Core. She then begins a permanent cycle of testing, aimed at beating Black Mesa in the race to develop functioning portal technology. However a few days later, on May 16, the Black Mesa Incident occurs at the Black Mesa Research Facility, allowing aliens to teleport from Xen to Earth, eventually leading to the Combine invasion, stopping GLaDOS' race against Black Mesa.

==== GLaDOS' control ====

FileGlados side.jpg|thumb|200px|GLaDOS.

As seen in the hacker message found on ApertureScience.com referring to the lockdown, the remaining employees continue working, as they are said to be working on twenty year old equipment. The construction of an Enrichment Center is also mentioned, suggesting that the Aperture Laboratories house several of them. The number of Aperture Science employees also likely diminishes, until there are only a few of them left. The Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device is likely already completed at that time, but it is unknown if it is before or after GLaDOS' activation.

During that period, Portal Storms continue to rage on Earth and spread chaos, eventually leading to the Seven Hour War, resulting in Earth being defeated and subsequently controlled by the Combine. Later, 202-|around 20 years after GLaDOS' activation, Gordon Freeman is awakened from his stasis by the G-Man, and arrives in City 17, which greatly disturbs the Combine's grasp on Earth.

===== ''Portal'' era =====

FileAperture Labs entrance.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Parking lot and guard hut of the Aperture Science Enrichment Center.
FileTestchmb13.jpg|200px|thumb|right|A typical Test Chamber in the Enrichment Center.

Some time after GLaDOS' takeover of Aperture Laboratories and shortly after the Combine Seven Hour War|invasion of Earth,http//www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-03-10-portal-2-how-valve-opened-up-portal-2?page=3 "How Valve Opened Up Portal 2" on Eurogamer.net the Enrichment Center seems to be long abandoned, and GLaDOS seems to rule it alone, although other people are apparently still trapped somewhere. The scribblings left by Rattmann also seem rather old, showing that the Enrichment Center has been partially abandoned for some time. A calendar named "The girls of Aperture Science", dated 1983, is also rather worn-out. Chell is awakened in her Relaxation Vault in the Enrichment Center, and is guided as a Test Subject by GLaDOS, utilizing the completed ASHPD, while the A.I. shows signs of instability. When GLaDOS attempts to murder Chell at the end of her tests, she flees through maintenance areas of the Enrichment Center, and eventually seemingly destroys GLaDOS, before being dragged away inside by the Party Escort Bot.

Before her partial destruction, GLaDOS hints to Chell that things have changed since the last time she left the building, and that what is going on out there will make her wish she were back in here. GLaDOS also says she ''was'' the only thing standing between them GLaDOS and Chell and an undetermined group, most likely the Combine.

===== ''Portal 2'' era =====
''Portal 2'' is set several years after the events of ''Portal''. During that time Aperture Science as it originally was, likely does not exist anymore, as GLaDOS and the Personality Cores took over the partially destroyed facility, where tests are still performed.

=== Other facts ===

FileBorealis Ep2.jpg|thumb|200px|left|The ''Borealis'' as seen in ''Episode Two''.

* Aperture Science owned a research ship, named ''Borealis'', housing a yet to be revealed technology. It disappeared and took a chunk of its drydock with it and soon became a legend amongst the scientific community. Debate raged between Eli Vance and Isaac Kleiner over whether the technology within should be destroyed or used. Kleiner said he felt that the power could be used to destroy the Combine, but Eli seemed to suggest that he felt that trying to utilize the power could result in a repeat of the Black Mesa Incident.

* Aperture Science and Black Mesa were bitter rivals. As seen in the ''Portal'' maps "testchmb_a_15" and "escape_02", Aperture Science employees were briefed on Black Mesa through slideshow presentations, such as one titled "''Dollar$ and Sense Competing with Black Mesa for WikipediaUnited States Department of Defense|DoD and Government-wide Acquisition Contracts''" (apparently made in the nineties, given its style). This slideshow gives some statistics pertaining to Black Mesa, a graphic comparing the WikipediaGeneral Services Administration|GSA schedules for both Black Mesa and Aperture Science, showing that Black Mesa did not ask much and received more or less the same, while Aperture asked a lot, and received much less than Black Mesa, and compares what Aperture and Black Mesa have to submit to the WikipediaDefense Logistics Agenc|Defense Logistics Agency for developing a WikipediaFuel System Icing Inhibitor|Fuel System Icing Inhibitor, and the role of their GLaDOS in that task. These slides show how much they were directly competing for government funding; Isaac Kleiner also theorized that the ''Borealis'' disaster may have been caused by Aperture Science's rush for such funding.

==== "Dollar$ and Sense" slides ====

FileAperture Slide 1.png|Title card of the "Dollar$ and Sense" slideshow.
FileAperture Slide 2.png|Second card of the slideshow.
FileAperture Slide 3.png|Third card of the slideshow.
FileAperture Slide 4.png|Fourth and last card of the slideshow. The orange and blue bullets may be nods to the ''http//wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Team_Fortress_2 Team Fortress 2'' "scope" logo (part of ''The Orange Box'' like ''Portal'') and the Aperture Science Weighted Storage Cube|Weighted Storage Cube, respectively.
FileDollars and sense.jpg|The slideshow in situ.

* During Chell's tests, GLaDOS mentions a "self esteem fund for girls", to which one can donate one or all of their vital organs. This is likely true, as it is apparently said as one of GLaDOS' few automatic messages.

* The bring-your-daughter-to-work day mentioned on ApertureScience.com is also mentioned by GLaDOS in ''Portal'', where she says that that day is the perfect time to have one's daughter tested.

* A memo found among the ASCII art images revealed during the Portal ARG|''Portal'' ARG states that Aperture Science is built on three pillars, apparently coined by Cave Johnson himselfFile09394469.756.png|Resource "09394469.756\07583916.313"

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|{{Quotation|''Pillar one Science without results is just witchcraft.''
''Pillar two Get results or you're fired.''
''Pillar three if you suspect a coworker of bein' a witch, report them immediately. I cannot stress that enough. Witchcraft will not be tolerated.''}} |} * Another memo suggests that Cave Johnson had some issues with official accountants, who were likely responsible for managing the funds given by the state, as they seem to be an authority higher than him.File07533945.935.png|Resource "07533945.935\09823219.940"File08041249.801.png|Resource "08041249.801\00366566.522" * Another memo appears to be a letter from Johnson to several Test Subjects who raised their concerns about the dangers of the research conducted by Aperture Science. * As suggested in ''Portal'', Aperture has not much concern about its Test Subjects. A memo revealed by the ''Portal'' ARG apparently consisting of the answer to a (confidential) letter received by Cave Johnson elaborates on this, and seems to describe the four types of Test Subjects and their behavior, in a not very human way.File05083881.801.png|Resource "05083881.801\04186850.542" It goes as follows {| cellpadding="2" style="text-alignleft; background ; width 100%" |{{Quotation|''CONFIDENTIAL''
''October 17th, 1976''
''Re Human Enrichment & Testing Initiative, Resource Acquisitions''

''1. "Low Risk" Human Resource Acquisitions''

''a. Hoboes and Tramps''
''Lives spent wandering aimlessly, cowering before authority, and drinking concussive amounts of home-distilled potato alcohol make hoboes the perfect Human Enrichment test subjects. The hobo questions nothing, will follow orders if fed, and, like all hoboes, has a restless, wandering heart. (Note The wandering heart of the hobo should not be confused with Drifting Heart Syndrome, which several transients contracted during testing.)''

''b. Child Orphans and Foundlings''
''Deep-rooted abandonment issues leave most orphans highly susceptible to shame-based psychology (for a complete list of opportune moments to obliterate the esteem of test subjects, please consult Training Video , "You'd Perform This Test Better if You Had Parents"). Recent advances in the use of scorn, flattery used in an ironic context and naked contempt as motivational tools have yielded similarly profitable results.''

''c. Psychiatric Patients''
''Past experience shows these fellows are simply not shy at all about carrying on, disrupting tests and defecating just about anywhere that pleases them. Frankly, it is off-putting, and small wonder why Aperture-brand mental institutions are being phased out in favor of more orphanages.''

''d. Seniors''
''Frail, brittle hands make holding science devices difficult. Most were born before the advent of science, and can become confused and disoriented when asked to participate in relatively simple tests (teleportation, invisibility, adjusting esteem levels of orphan children).''}} |} === Known personnel === ==== Miscellaneous ==== * Cave Johnson (Founder and CEO, 1943 - late 1980s) * Caroline (secretary, Johnson's successor; late 1980s - unknown) * Doug Rattmann (programmer, technician) * Henry (technician) * GLaDOS (central core) * Wheatley (Intelligence Dampening Sphere, Aperture Science Extended Relaxation Center|Relaxation Center monitor) * Jerry (nanobot) ==== Test Subjects ==== * Test Subject #1 S.J. Nye (before Chell) * Test Subject #2 Lazarus Grey * Test Subject #3 Leve Rage * Test Subject #4 Robert C. Knoll * Test Subject 42|Test Subject * Test Subject 234|Test Subject * Test Subject Charles Cardoze * Test Subject Phil Konig * Test Subject Christopher M. Pham * Test Subject Arsenio Navarro * Test Subject William D. Kent * Test Subject Al Anderson * Test Subject Emily Naransky * Test Subject David C. Self * Test Subject Doug Hopper * Test Subject Chell * Test Subject Marc Meaux * Test Subject Brenda Bogenschutz * Test Subject James Murray * Mel (cut) === Known technology === * 1500 Megawatt Aperture Science Heavy Duty Super-Colliding Super Button|1500 Megawatt Heavy Duty Super-Colliding Super Button * Advanced Knee Replacement * Aerial Faith Plate * ATLAS and P-body * The ''Borealis'' (containing yet to be revealed technology) * Aperture Science Core Transfer Receptacle|Core Transfer Receptacle * Edgeless Safety Cube * Edgeless Safety Cube Receptacle * Aperture Science Emergency Intelligence Incinerator|Emergency Intelligence Incinerator * Excursion Funnel * Work on a Fuel System Icing Inhibitor * GLaDOS * Hard Light Bridge * Aperture Science High Energy Pellet|High Energy Pellet * Long Fall Boot * Aperture Science Material Emancipation Grid|Material Emancipation Grid * Aperture Science Military Android|Military Android * Mobility Gels Conversion Gel, Propulsion Gel, Repulsion Gel * Party Escort Bot * Aperture Science Personality Construct|Personality Core (including Wheatley) * Aperture Science Pipe Network|Pipe Network * Pneumatic Diversity Vent * Aperture Science Cube Button|Cube Button * Aperture Science Radio|Radio * Relaxation Chamber * Relaxation Vault * Aperture Science Security Camera|Security Camera * Shower curtains (originally) * Aperture Science Speaker System|Speaker System * Work on teleportation, with the ASHPD and its portal creation * Thermal Discouragement Beam * Aperture Science Unstationary Scaffold|Unstationary Scaffold * Victory Lift * Aperture Science Vital Apparatus Vent|Vital Apparatus Vent * Aperture Science Weighted Pivot Cube|Weighted Pivot Cube * Aperture Science Weighted Storage Cube|Weighted Storage Cube === Known weapons === * Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device * Rocket Sentry * Aperture Science Sentry Turret|Sentry Turret * Aperture Science Bomb === Other experiments === Aside from the famous experimental equipment such as the ASHPD, sentry turrets and various gels, Aperture Science conducted a number of research experiments over the course of its operation including * Attempting to reduce the water content of test subjects from sixty percent to around twenty or thirty percent through the use of jet engines. * Using nanoparticles in the Mobility Gels to introduce "''experimental genes and RNA molecules''" into Test Subject's tumors caused by the facility itself. * Using invisible lasers to turn Test Subject's blood into gasoline, apparently unnoticeable to the person unless directly observed. * Introducing Fluorescent Calcium into Test Subjects through the blood to track the neuronal activity in their brain. * An unknown experiment whose intended short-term byproduct is the human excretion of coal. * Exposing the Test Subjects to a fully charged superconductor during tests in attempt to see what might happen, expecting between superpowers and tumors. * An unknown experiment that could turn the Test Subject's blood into "''peanut water''" for a few minutes. ** Unlike the test that would turn Test Subject's blood into gasoline, it seems this one could cause immediately noticeable problems. * Control Group Kepler-Seven was implanted with tiny microchips about the size of a postcard into their skulls which vibrates and beeps when it gets close to reaching five hundred degrees, likely due to overheating. * A teleportation experiment which would sometimes fail to bring the Test Subject's skin depending on the type they have. * An unknown, inaccessible experiment along the player's Test Chamber course seeming to unintentionally invoke time travel. * Figuring out uses for ground up moon rock, although finding it to be highly poisonous. * Determining the result of injecting Praying Mantis DNA into Test Subjects. ** This test was later revised for previous applicants of test to kill the army of "''Mantis Man|Mantis Men''" likely produced by this with rifles. The results of these experiments varied greatly. Many were discontinued and vitrified, sealed behind heavy vault doors with biohazard warnings. Oddly, the introductory recordings at the doors were left functional. == Behind the scenes == {{Incomplete}} FileIsometric room portal is free.png|The isometric Aperture Science offices from the http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTLLgLBG5ps&hd=1 "Portal is Free" video.|200px|thumb|left * Aperture literally means "narrow gap or hole"; it is the term used for the iris-like opening used in cameras and certain doors. The company's logo reflects this, as it takes the shape of an iris-like aperture. * On ApertureScience.com, "1975", "1978" and "1979" were originally given as the date for Aperture Science ceasing manufacturing only shower curtains, Johnson's mercury poisoning, and Johnson's kidney failure, respectively. These dates were later retconned to 1973, 1974 and 1976, as seen in the updated http//gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2010/03/24/Aperture-Science_3A00_-A-History.aspx Aperture Science timeline on Game Informer. *In ''Portal'', it is stated that Cave Johnson died due to being exposed to mercury while secretly developing a dangerous mercury-injected rubber sheeting, with which he plans to manufacture seven deadly shower curtains to be given as gifts to each member of the House Naval Appropriations committee (Most likely because the decision that led to the Navy declining to buy Aperture's curtains depended on the committee). This was retconned in ''Portal 2''. * An The Orange Box Achievements|''Orange Box'' Achievement named "Aperture Science" requires to earn gold medals on all ''Portal'' challenges. * When ''Portal'' was made available for free on WikipediaSteam (software)|Steam in May 2010 to coincide with its arrival on the Mac platform, a promotional video titled "http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTLLgLBG5ps&hd=1 Portal is Free" was released by Valve on YouTube through their official channel, and was presented as a "motivational recruitment video" (it was renamed "Portal is Free (Well, it was - now it's just a good deal)." when the deal was over), in a similar fashion to the original ''Portal'' trailer, titled "Orientation Video no. 1 - A Safe and Healthy Environment". In the video's written introduction, the deal is said to have been made possible "in part by a generous grant from Aperture Science" itself. Then the video is mostly made of isometric subjects filled with stick figures. The first isometric subject is two levels of the Aperture Laboratories, where stick figures can be seen using the ASHPD, using toilets, speaking in a projection room, reading a book, waiving, etc. A 1500 Megawatt Aperture Science Heavy Duty Super-Colliding Super Button can also be seen, as well as several stacked Weighted Storage Cubes, and ATLAS and P-body. GLaDOS herself explains that ''Portal'' itself was a cornerstone recruitment tool for Aperture Science's 'Portal' project. GLaDOS then says that the game has shown them that, when confronted with science, Test Subjects may exhibit several personality flaws. Stick figure Test Subjects are then seen moving on a conveyor belt, with a ''Portal'' box in their hands. Each illustrates a personality flaw said by GLaDOS cowardice (the Test Subject throws away its ''Portal'' box and jumps from the belt), impaired motor skills (a portal opens and the TS falls through it), poor judgement (the TS turns its back, to show a Black Mesa tattoo on the buttocks), fear of heights (the conveyor belt lowers itself, to leave the TS in the void, to let him fall while it utters a WikipediaWilhelm scream|Wilhelm scream), weights (the TS gets crushed by a Companion Cube), depths (drowns in a tub of the ''Portal'' green liquid brought from underneath), bullets (Aperture Science Sentry Turrets make bullet holes in the TS), and fire (the TS goes up in flames). Then GLaDOS says that the Aperture marketing engineers have decided to give ''Portal'' for free to consumers, depicting it as a "home version of the 'Portal' project". She then suggests consumers to measure the value of those around them, and find a companion for the upcoming Cooperative Portal Testing Initiative (introduced in the Portal ARG|''Portal'' ARG), i.e. ''Portal 2''. As in-universe and out-universe meet each other in "Portal is Free", the video obviously Half-Life WikiCanon|non-canon. * ''Portal'' series' writers Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw sees the rivalry between Aperture Science and Black Mesa as "snobs versus slobs", Black Mesa being the snobs and Aperture Science "the slobs, the lovable goofballs". == Artwork gallery == ''Portal'' is filled with Aperture Science and Aperture Laboratories logos, with numerous color variants. === Aperture Science logo variants === As with Black Mesa, the Aperture Science logo is directly based on the company's name, appearing as a stylized, partially closed diaphragm, with an aperture in the center. An "aperture" is an adjustable opening in an optical instrument, such as a camera or telescope, that controls the amount of light passing through a lens or onto a mirror. An "aperture" can also simply refer to any opening.http//www.thefreedictionary.com/aperture "Aperture" definition on The Free Dictionaryhttp//web.uvic.ca/ail/techniques/aperture.gif Schematics of different aperture positions in a camera lens on the University of Victoria website However the name "Aperture Science" is likely random, as it was merely chosen for its shower curtains to appear "more hygienic". Dog's unique eye is also an aperture in a diaphragm; the Emergency Intelligence Incinerator is also topped by a diaphragm. Furthermore, real-life logos such as the WikipediaPicasa|Picasa or the WikipediaJyske Bank|Jyske Bank logos bear similarities with the Aperture Science logo. FileAperture fixtures.svg|Aperture Fixtures logo. FileV hands.png|Chell's unseen arm number following a possible early Aperture Science logo. FileChell arm logo.svg|A possible early Aperture Science logo from Chell's unseen arm. FileAperture Science grey.svg|Grey Aperture Science logo seen on several devices and on the floor at the entrance of GLaDOS' chamber. FileAperture Science ASHPD.svg|Aperture Science logo featured under the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. FileAperture Science Chell back.svg|Aperture Science logo located on Chell's back. FileAperture Science flat screen.svg|Very small Aperture Science logo seen on flat screens. FileAperture Science yellow monitor.svg|Aperture Science logo used as a screensaver on some monitors. FileAperture Science pc case.svg|Aperture Science logo seen on computer cases. FileAperture Science mouse.svg|Aperture Science logo seen on mice. FileAperture Science red button.svg|Aperture Science logo seen on 1500 Megawatt Aperture Science Heavy Duty Super-Colliding Super Buttons. FileAperture Science door.svg|Aperture Science logo seen on circular doors. FileAperture Science chair.svg|Aperture Science logo seen on chairs. FileAperture Science elevator floor.svg|Aperture Science logo seen on elevator floors. FileAperture Science phone dial.svg|Aperture Science logo seen on the Aperture Science Red Phone's dial. FileAperture Science glados.svg|Aperture Science logo seen on GlaDOS. FileAperture Science cube.svg|Aperture Science logo seen on the Weighted Storage Cube. FileCube heart.svg|Aperture Science logo seen on the Weighted Companion Cube. FileAperture Science indicator floor blue.svg|Reversed Aperture Science logo see on the blue floor indicators. FileAperture Science indicator floor yellow.svg|Reversed Aperture Science logo see on the yellow floor indicators. FileStill Alive thanks.png|Reversed Aperture Science logo at the very end of the ''Portal'' credits. FilePortal get allgold.png|Reversed Aperture Science logo used for the Achievement "Aperture Science". === Aperture Laboratories logo variants === The Aperture Science Enrichment Center|Enrichment Center logo features the Aperture Science "diaphragm", minus one of its irises, and the words "Aperture Laboratories", written in the WikipediaUnivers|Univers font. FileScience innovators horiz metalblue.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo used from the 1940s to the 1950s, when they were known as "Aperture Science Innovators" (horizontal version, featured in this color as large signs in metal). FileScience innovators vert metalblue.svg|Ditto, vertical version. This color was probably used as painted on a wall, but it is not seen in-game. FileUnderground 50swelcome.png|Welcome sign from the 1940s to the 1950s, with the words "Welcome to the FUTURE of TOMORROW!". FileAperture 70s.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo used in 1970s. FileUnderground 70swelcome.png|Welcome sign from the 1970s, with the words "Where the science is theoretical but your $60 is FACT!". FileAperture Labs radio label.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen under the radios. FileAperture Labs elevator.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen in elevators. FileAperture Labs elevator orig.png|Original version. FileAperture Labs server wall.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen on servers. FileAperture Labs speaker system yellow.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen on Speaker System devices (yellow). FileAperture Labs speaker system orange.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen on Speaker System devices (orange). FileAperture Labs pc case.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen on computer cases. FileAperture Labs glados pillar - keyboard.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen on the pillars found in GLaDOS' chamber. FileAperture Labs phone label.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen on a label under the Aperture Science Red Phone. FileAperture Labs glados disc.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen on GLaDOS' discs. FileAperture Labs entrance end.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen on the entrance sign from the parking lot at the end of ''Portal''. This is also used on Chell's tank top and the ASHPD in the single-player campaign of Portal 2. FileAperture Labs AIF.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo used for one of the two Aperture Image Format images revealed during the ''Portal'' ARG. FileAperture logo portal is free.png|Aperture Laboratories logo seen in the "Portal is Free" video. FileAperture Labs Borealis container.svg|Aperture Laboratories logo seen on the ''Borealis''' container in ''Episode Two''. FileChell Aperture outfit label.svg|Aperture logo seen on the label of Chell's outfit. === Posters and other === FileAperture poster001a2.png|Propaganda poster, with the motto "A Trusted Friend in Science". The stick figures were reused for the Portal ARG 5, 2010|"SIGN" picture of the Aperture Image Format. It is sold at the http//store.valvesoftware.com/productshowcase/productshowcase_ApLabsPropagandaPosters1.html Valve Store. FileAperture poster002a2.png|Propaganda poster, with the motto "Not Never But NOW". It is sold at the http//store.valvesoftware.com/productshowcase/productshowcase_ApLabsPropagandaPosters1.html Valve Store. FileAperture poster003a2.png|Propaganda poster, with the motto "Courage is Not the Absence of Fear". It is sold at the http//store.valvesoftware.com/productshowcase/productshowcase_ApLabsPropagandaPosters1.html Valve Store. FileCake picture.png|"Tasty" cake poster. FileThe girls of aperture science.png|September page of "The girls of Aperture Science" 1983 calendar, with a girl posing in bikini on an elevator or Unstationary Scaffold platform, as seen in one of Doug Rattmann|Ratman's dens. Filepopart70s 02.png|Poster promoting becoming a Test Subject, showcasing $60 as a reward. Filepopart70s 01.png|Ditto. FileScience_poster04.png|Aperture Science poster promoting science in general. Bottom right-hand corner text reads "Used with permission from the Aperture science foundation" FilePortal 2 PotatoFoolsDay ARG Aperature Laboratories Propaganda Poster.jpg|Poster for the laboratories, with Aperture misspelled as "Aperature", revealed during the PotatoFoolsDay ARG|''PotatoFoolsDay'' ARG. FilePortal 2 PotatoFoolsDay ARG Robots Relaxation Vaults Propaganda Poster.jpg|Poster promoting robots' Relaxation Vaults, revealed during the ''PotatoFoolsDay'' ARG. FilePortal 2 PotatoFoolsDay ARG BioEngineering.jpg|Poster promoting BioEngineering, revealed during the ''PotatoFoolsDay'' ARG. FilePortal 2 PotatoFoolsDay ARG Bring Your Daughter To Work Poster.jpg|"Bring Your Daughter to Work" poster, featuring a robot little girl, revealed during the ''PotatoFoolsDay'' ARG. FileUnderground trophycase top100.png FileUnderground trophycase newspaper.png FileUnderground trophycase potatoaward.png FileUnderground trophycase showercurtain.png FileUnderground trophycase bestnewscience.png == List of appearances == * ApertureScience.com {{1st}} * ''Portal'' * ''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' {{Mo}} * ''Portal First Slice'' * ''Portal Still Alive'' {{Nc}} * Portal ARG|''Portal'' ARG * PotatoFoolsDay ARG|''PotatoFoolsDay'' ARG * ''Portal 2 Lab Rat'' * ''Portal 2'' * ''The Final Hours of Portal 2'' == References == {{Reflist}} {{Aperture}} plAperture Science CategoryFactions CategoryPortal CategoryAperture Science