'The Interview' stars James Franco and Seth Rogen and was due for release in the US on Christmas Day

Sony move threatens 'freedom of expression'

18 Dec Hollywood stars have reacted to the decision to pull a film about the assassination of the North Korean leader, with Ben Stiller describing it as a "threat to freedom of expression".

The four-page document asks countries to submit national plans to tackle global warming early next year

Robinson criticises Lima climate change talks

14 Dec United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson has said not enough progress has been made at the talks in Lima to give confidence of a legally binding agreement.

Some of the diverse avian species that were analyzed for the comparative genomics study. Photo
taken at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
[Credit: AAAS/Carla Schaffer]

Project maps genetic evolution of birds

11 Dec A massive international scientific project has for the first time mapped the genetic evolution of birds, and revealed how they developed characteristics like feathers, flight and song.

The Large Hadron Collider has been undergoing a two-year refit

CERN to resume smashing particles in LHC

12 Dec CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous power, helping scientists hunt for clues about the universe.

The percentage of Twitter users who check their accounts daily fell by 1% to 37%

Fall in number of Facebook and Twitter users

08 Dec The number of Facebook and Twitter users in Ireland dipped slightly during the last quarter, and the percentage of Twitter users who check their accounts daily fell by 1% to 37%.

Much of the work will be carried out in Trinity College's newly established Academic Unit of Neurology

TCD to take part in worldwide MND study

04 Dec A team of scientists at Trinity College Dublin is to build full DNA profiles of at least 400 Motor Neurone Disease (MND) patients as part of an international project to try to establish genetic links to the disease.

Provisional information for 2014 means that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century

2014 on course to be hottest year ever

03 Dec This year is on course to become one of the hottest, if not the hottest, on record, according to a provisional analysis by the World Meteorological Organization.