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New Thinking

A new look at virtual real estate

A researcher from Rotorua Crown Research Institute, Scion, has completed a study on the modern home buyer to discover how web-surfing is affecting the real estate market.

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New Science

Shining a light on diabetes

Smart thinking by IRL about how to apply cutting-edge knowledge of laser light scattering to high-value industries is leading to the development of new devices for the medical industry.

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New wireless network established

Those bulky cables and wires behind your PC and your television are one step closer to being a thing of the past with the Industrial Research-led establishment of a new wireless research network...

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New Value

Eyes on the road

Science is more practical than simply applied mathematics and arcane formulae, as Coastline Markers Ltd discovered when they called in IRL to solve a particularly sticky problem – finding a new way to make reflective catseyes adhere to the road.

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Predicting success with NIWA supercomputer

Kiwis will have better warnings of floods, droughts and storms now a new supercomputer has been switched on – but don't expect the daily weather forecast to improve.

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The sound of science

A lifelong obsession with guitar playing, sound reproduction and acoustics led IRL scientist Dr Mark Poletti to develop a system that can transform a venue with less-than-perfect acoustics into a world-class concert hall.

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Kiwi passports put to the test

Few New Zealand travellers sporting their newly redesigned e-passports will give a thought to the rigorous testing regime that these documents have undergone at IRL before they could be released to the public.

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The company we keep

A personification of the industry-first ethos IRL has cultivated over the past few years, Paul Harris has had a significant impact on several New Zealand industries.

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Cup of tea could power an export winner

A few years back, a group of scientists were discussing a head-teaser over a cup of tea in the staff cafeteria. They jotted down their thinking on a brown paper bag. Those tea-fuelled scribbles led to Crown Research Institute IRL working on a revolutionary portable power generator. It’s ideal for civil emergencies and it could soon become another export winner for New Zealand.

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Superconductor generator could power NZ exports

A unique emergency generator, founded on local RS&T, could offer a major export opportunity for New Zealand manufacturers. Using high-temperature superconductors, the generator will power around 2500 homes – and still be transportable by plane, helicopter or truck. It’s under development in a joint venture involving Crown Research Institute, IRL.

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Subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures

  • EBEX21
  • Atlastech
  • EcoGene
  • Enviromark NZ
  • farmax
  • Grasslands Innovation
  • Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics
  • PhytaGro, Inc
  • grasslanz
  • SLURI
  • National Land Resource Centre (NLRC)
  • Prevar
  • carboNZero
  • Biopolymer Network
  • EnCoate
  • Clone International
  • VARNZ Ltd
  • Invasive Species International
  • BioPacific Ventures
  • Veritec
  • CEMARS
  • Manaaki Whenua Press