Facebook has its EU HQ in Dublin and is regulated by the Data Protection Commissioner

DPC refers Facebook data transfers to top EU court

18.01 The Data Protection Commissioner is to refer Facebook's data transfer mechanisms to the European Court of Justice, posing a new legal threat to data transfers to the US by companies such as Facebook and Google.

Facebook said it was unable to substantiate any allegations of politically motivated suppression of particular subjects

Facebook changes 'Trending Topics' procedures

24 May Facebook has changed some of the procedures for its 'Trending Topics' section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a US Congressional demand for more transparency.

The report warns that drug resistance may see key medical procedures become too dangerous to perform

Report warns superbugs could kill millions by 2050

19 May A report by the British government has warned that so-called superbugs could kill ten million people worldwide by 2050 - unless sweeping global changes are agreed to tackle increasing resistance to antibiotics.

The meteor was seen as far south as New Jersey and as far north as Canada

Meteor lights up skies above Maine

18 May A police officer who was looking for speeding motorists early Tuesday morning instead captured a meteor lighting up the skies above Maine.

NASA's discovery is the largest single finding of new planets ever

NASA discovers over 1,200 new worlds

10 May NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered 1,284 new worlds, 100 of which are similar in size to Earth and nine of which could potentially harbour life, according to the US space agency.

The results of the project could be used to help GAA players

Digital project aims to protect gaelic sport

10 May The techniques and movements used by gaelic football, hurling and camogie players have been digitally captured as part of a new project aimed at protecting sporting heritage into the future.

The study was led by experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London

20% of plant types at risk, global study finds

10 May One in five types of plant worldwide is at risk of extinction from threats such as farming and logging that are wrecking many habitats, a first global overview of plant life has said.

David Attenborough said he was honoured by the decision

Attenborough chosen as Boaty McBoatface torpedoed

06 May The British government has decided not to call its new £200 million polar research vessel Boaty McBoatface, even though a public online poll designed to help choose a name overwhelmingly backed the rather unusual option.

A drone on display at the Defence and Security Exhibition in London last year

Task force to assess drone threat to planes

05 May European aviation safety authorities have set up a task force to urgently assess the dangers of collisions between drones and aircraft after an increase in incidents involving passenger planes.