Alien Research Labs

{{Distinguish|Alien Research Lab}}
{{Location Infobox
|image=FileC2a4e lobby.jpg|250px
|name=Alien Research Labs
|destroyed=200-, during the Black Mesa Incident
|location=Black Mesa Research Facility
|era=Black Mesa Incident
|affiliation=Black Mesa
|designer=Dario Casali{{IA|20010512055424/http//|Interview with Dario Casali|Voltron's Map Workshop (May 1, 2000)}}
{{Quote|A scientist, thank God! Get us out of here before those military drones figure out where we're hiding!|Scientist|Half-Life|FileC2a4 sci surgury.ogg}}

The '''Alien Research Labs'''''Half-Life Prima Guide'' comprise an area in the Black Mesa Research Facility located near Sector G's Hydro-Electric Dam and partially above the Biological Waste Processing Plant. Controlled by the HECU during the Black Mesa Incident, it covers the ''Half-Life'' chapter ''Questionable Ethics''.

The Alien Research Labs ground floor features a large lobby that gives access, through a revolving door, to a road passing by the Hydro-Electric Dam and leading to freight hangars. It can be reached from the Biological Waste Processing Plant through a drain located in a small room where Houndeyes are being kept in captivity.

Spread on two levels, the ground floor features two Sterilization Chambers, rooms that WikipediaGib (video gaming)|disintegrate any biological form they contain with their Biological Sterilization System using electrical current, sealing themselves from the outside when operated. There can be seen cages used to confine Xen fauna, such as Headcrabs and Snarks. The ground floor also features a surgical unit that can apparently perform surgical operations on two beds at a time, several Alien Grunts kept alive in large tanks, and Headcrabs contained in glass cases.

The second floor is dedicated to testing the large High Power Laser, which is powered by multiple lasers diverted from different rooms. The Tau Cannon is found at this level.

During his journey, Gordon Freeman arrives at the Alien Research Labs. In order to proceed further, he has to find a scientist to operate the retinal scanner located in the main lobby, though both HECU forces and the Xen creatures kept in the facility make this task difficult. Utilizing the lab equipment, such as the Biological Sterilization System, to defeat Classic Headcrab|Headcrabs or HECU soldiers, powering up the large laser, taking use of the fact that the military and alien forces are busy fighting each other, and blocking the laser shield, so the beam penetrates the wall, he finds three scientists hiding from the grunts. One of them explains that their colleague List of minor Black Mesa employees turned it on, but was likely killed by it. Freeman has then to turn it off so that a scientist can follow him to the main lobby. After leaving the facility, Gordon continues his journey to the Lambda Complex through the revolving door.

===''Opposing Force''===
As seen by Adrian Shephard later in the Black Mesa Incident, the road leading to the lab is obstructed by fallen rocks and Spore Launcher|Race X moss.

==Behind the scenes==
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The concept of the Alien Research Labs evolved from the Alien Research Lab. While none of the level architecture was reused, the idea of Alien Grunts being stored in containment chambers survived into the final game.

The facility is referred to as the Advanced Biological Research Lab in the game's Black Mesa Announcement System|Announcement System lines. However, this announcement isn't played, leaving the name unheard. Unused sign textures reveal that the facility was originally called the "High Security Research Labs" located in the Central Complex. The original design of the laser lab layout was different. There was to be a second set of stairs in the other side. It can be seen in the FileC2a4f plan.png|level plan. It was to lead to the hall with explosive crates, near the lab where they keep the Alien Grunts. Unused Black Mesa Announcement System Black Mesa Announcement System/Quotes|lines for the chapter can be found in the sentences file used for the speech system. The name of the chapter is "Advanced Biological Research Lab" in the document.

There is a logo on the lobby floor featuring the Latin words "Superbus Via Inscientiae", and a WikipediaDNA|DNA WikipediaDouble helix|double helix in the middle. It was created by Karen Laur. According to Karen, she was annoyed with the hubris of some co-workers, and asked a linguist friend of hers for some help with a translation. He was specialized in Germanic languages and said the original phrase was probably incorrect. She was informed that "Superbus Via Inscientiae" meant something close to "arrogance through ignorance", and that was close enough for her.http// Superbus via inscientiae on LatinDiscussion forums (February 19, 2010)


FilePlaceholder noimage.svg|Sterilization chamber.
FileBio lab early.png|The building.


FileC2a4d cage.jpg|The cages.
FileC2a4d grunt.jpg|Containment tube.
FileC2a4d shock.jpg|Sterilization chamber.
FileC2a4e blast01.jpg|Another one, in use.
FileC2a4e blast02.jpg|Ditto, after use.
FileC2a4e grunt.jpg|Alien Grunt.
FileC2a4f mirror01.jpg|The laser lab.
FileC2a4f mirror02.jpg|Ditto.
FileC2a4f laser.jpg|The laser.
FileC2a4e unit.jpg|The surgical unit.
FileC2a4e scan.jpg|Scientist opening the door.
FileBio lab outside.jpg|The building.


FileC2a4f plan.png|The laser lab level plan.
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FileC2a4e logo.png|The lobby lgoo.

==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life Decay'' {{C|Ad only}}


|title=''Half-Life'' story arc journey
|before=Biological Waste Processing Plant
|after=Sector G Hydro Plant|Topside Hydro Plant
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CategoryBlack Mesa Research Facility locations