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Young scientists demonstrate robot building skills

The 'humanoid' robot has been on display in Aberystwyth this weekend. Credit: ITV News

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.

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Wales from space - thanks to schoolchildren's camera

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 develop grass which could reduce flooding

The 'supergrass' could help prevent flooding by absorbing more water. Credit: ITV News

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 students leave as high tides forecast

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Tides are expected to peak tomorrow morning and evening. Credit: PA

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.

More: Counting the cost of storm damage across Wales

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University: New halls will have dedicated Welsh area

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.

Aberystwyth University is fully committed to increasing its Welsh medium provision to ensure that our students are able to contribute to maintaining the University's Welsh language community ethos.

The University is investing over £45m at the Penglais Farm residences. This will be located close to the main Hub building and shared by all the Penglais Farm residents.

The new accommodation will be of a very high standard, comprising self-catering flats with between 6 and 8 bedrooms each; they will all have en-suite facilities, kitchen/eating area/lounge and TV.

The University will now begin a business exercise to explore options for the future of Pantycelyn.

Pantycelyn will therefore remain as a Welsh medium hall (as it is currently) during the academic year, 2014/15.

Student representatives have been part of the discussions all along on the nature of the new accommodation and the facilities available to them.

The University will continue its discussions with Welsh medium students, the Pantycelyn Hall committee and UMCA about the Penglais Farm facilities and how to build and develop the Welsh language ethos there.

– Aberystwyth University spokesperson

Aberystwyth students protest against closure of halls

Students braved the rain to demonstrate against the closure of the halls.

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."

Historic Aberystwyth university halls under threat

Pantycelyn halls were built in the early 50s Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of students with gather at a rally today to oppose Aberystwyth University's plans to close the historic Pantycelyn halls of residence and move them to a nearby site.

Aberystwyth students union says the move would be 'completely unsuitable'.

The university has been asked to comment.

Aberystwyth expertise for Mars mission

Professor Dave barnes and Dr Stephen Pugh with PanCam 'Bridget'. Credit: Aberystwyth University

A space scientist from Aberystwyth University will be travelling to Chile’s Atacama desert later this week as preparations for the 2018 ExoMars mission to Mars continue.

Dr Stephen Pugh from the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science (IMPACS) will be working on the ExoMars Panoramic Camera Instrument (PanCam) during a seven day field trial.

PanCam will be the science 'eyes' for the mission and will feature a correction system to ensure that images sent back to earth truly represent the colours on Mars.

The Aberystwyth PanCam work is led by Professor Dave Barnes who'll be based at mission control at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories during the trial along with other PanCam team members.

The ExoMars mission is led by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos).

It will investigate the red planet's environment.

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