The Good News

Sunday 29 August 2021

ANU scientists set a new record with bifacial solar cells

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have produced a more efficient type of solar cell, using laser processing and setting a new world record in the process. The solar cells are dual-sided, meaning both the front and back generate power - which can contribute up to additional 30 per cent power generation. The research is also featured in PV Magazine.

ANU report out now

ANU Reporter out now

The new edition of ANU Reporter is online now. This issue highlights ANU scholars and graduates working to increase representation, force change and drive better outcomes for all. It includes a profile on College researcher Associate Professor Catherine Ball and a feature on a CECS alumna/donor Kim Jackson.

PhD candidate’s cyber research rapidly circling the globe

School of Computing PhD candidate Adrian Herrera’s cybersecurity research was presented at a conference in mid-July and is already being incorporated into the industry’s preferred bug-finding tool. 

Video: What does Cybernetics mean to you?

The team at the ANU School of Cybernetics shares why they think Cybernetics matter, and how it can be a blueprint for the future. The new video highlights insights and perspectives of the discipline.

Fast pivot for ANU Open Day 2021

Thousands of visitors were expected for the annual on-campus event. The ACT had not seen a locally-acquired case of COVID-19 in more than a year. But less than 48 hours before Open Day was to begin, a positive test was confirmed, Canberra entered lockdown, and it was pivot time on our campus once again.

Read more about the College's shift to a virtual Open Day and to hybrid learning in the classroom. And see the on-demand videos and other content offered to our virtual guests.

Solar Racing offers welcoming message for prospective students

Had Open Day gone forward as planned, a video featuring ANU Solar Racing would have been looped on a wide-screen monitor next to the School of Engineering both. When the lockdown was announced, team member Aiden Matson penned an Open Day essay welcoming prospective students to virtual Open Day, and sharing how his own decision to study at ANU was influenced by his interest in solar racing. 

Watch our July 2021 graduation video

Our July 2021 CECS graduation video is complete, starring our newest alumni. Please watch and share the video and read about the winners of our photo/video contest. When asked how he would spend his $100 prize for "Best photo involving a large inflatable duck", Zhipeng Li talked about missing his parents who he has not seen in a year and a half due to the pandemic. "I am going to use the prize money to buy presents for them," he said. 


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What governments can do about QAnon believers

Policymakers and community leaders will have to engage with the ideology underlying conspiracy theories and help believers feel safe and included if they hope to contain their volatile behaviour, writes James Mortensen of the School of Computing in wake of the deadly Capitol Riots in the United States.

Contactless and spatially resolved determination of current−voltage curves in perovskite solar cells via photoluminescence

Daniel Macdonald and Hieu T. Nguyen of the School of Computing, in collaboration with ANU colleagues, have published new research on a fast, non-invasive, camera-based method to image pseudo current density voltage curves of various perovskite-based structures from partially finished to finished cells with micron-scale spatial resolution.

Catch up on on-demand videos and other content from ANU Open Day 2021

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