The traditional greeting of a handshake could be responsible for spreading bugs and bacteria, according to a study by Aberystwyth University.
Scientists there carried out research, published today in an American scientific journal, which revealed up to ten times more e-coli can be passed on by a handshake, compared to more modern greetings of a high-five or a fist-bump.
Bumping fists may be a more hygienic greeting than shaking hands, experiments at Aberystwyth University have revealed.
Using rubber gloves and a thick layer of E. coli, scientists at the university exchanged handshakes, high-fives and fist-bumps.
Their results revealed the transfer of potentially disease-causing bacteria is highest during a handshake.
This was reduced by more than half in the high-five, with germ transfer a whopping 90% lower when bumping fists.
Young scientists at the Technocamps Beach Lab in Aberystwyth have been displaying their robotic creations in the town this weekend. The robots were made in after school clubs, using a 3D printer to make the plastic parts needed to build them. Kelsey Redmore reports.
Young scientists in west Wales have been demonstrating their robot building skills to the public this weekend.
The Technocamps Beach Lab in Aberystwyth showcases creations they've made at after-school clubs organised by the local university.
One of their creations is a robot whose body parts can be 'printed' using a 3D printer and is the first full-size adult 'humanoid' in west Wales.
These photographs were taken by a camera launched more than 15 miles up by primary school pupils at Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth.
With the help of experts from Aberystwyth University, they build a capsule and launched it from the playground with a helium balloon on Thursday morning.
The camera photographed Cardigan Bay, the Llyn Peninsula and the south west of England, before the balloon burst.
After a journey lasting 2 hours and 51 minutes, it landed in a field near Llandrindod Wells.
Scientists at Aberystwyth University's Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) are partly developing a so-called 'supergrass' which could help reduce flooding.
The 'supergrass' will enable soil to retain more water and could help prevent some of the devastating flooding seen at the beginning of this year across Wales and the UK.
The new type of grass is being developed as part of a £2.5m project and could be in fields in five years time.
Aberystwyth University has cancelled all teaching activities today and again on Monday, as more high tides and strong winds are forecast.
The University has warned students that the new band of stormy weather is likely to make the Promenade area a 'hazardous place' this weekend.
Seafront University Residences will close at 4pm today and students have been asked to inform the University of their planned whereabouts over the weekend.
There have been angry scenes in Aberystwyth today as hundreds of university students staged a sit in demonstration at a closure-threatened halls of residence.
They are protesting at plans to replace the historic Pantycelyn building with a new development nearby.
Aberystwyth University has said the new, Penglais Farm, residences will include "a dedicated area for Welsh language students, with a particular social area for Welsh speakers."
It said "these are early days" for considering the Pantycelyn building's future, and it will remain as a Welsh medium hall during the 2014/15 academic year.
Students at Aberystwyth University have been protesting against the closure of Pantycelyn halls of residence.
Aberystwyth's Welsh Students' Union (UMCA) says a new student village where the university plans to move students "is completely unsuitable for the Welsh community."
"There is no sufficient space for Aelwyd Pantycelyn's weekly practice, no UMCA office or Canteen - these are elements that are absolutely essential in maintaining our community of Welsh students. After the lack of consultation on these plans, students have completely lost faith in the University."