Student Cans of energy drinks are displayed in a store in California. The kick from caffeine has a growing number of consumers jumping into energy drinks-soft drinks spiked with nutritional aids and stimulants despite warnings from health professionals.

They're gross, says Eleanor Doughty, and they make you feel bad

Unearthed after seven centuries the 'Black Death' pit skeletons that could unravel the medical mysteries of a pandemic

Thirteen skeletons, lying in two neat rows 2.4m beneath a road in Farringdon have been unearthed by excavations for London's Crossrail project

How We Met: Henning Wehn & Jake Wood

'The difference between Jake and his character, Max? Fewer people want to do him in'

Costain and Skanska awarded Bond Street Crossrail contract

Bond Street station in the West End will get a £110 million overhaul to help cope with an extra 70,000 passengers a day with the arrival of Crossrail in 2018.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles ride the Tube to Kings Cross station on the Metropolitan line

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall take the Tube

To mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall took a trip on the Tube.

An Olympics fan who lost his ticket to the Games has been reunited with it thanks to the power of Twitter

London 2012: Fan reunited with Games ticket through Twitter

An Olympics fan who lost his ticket to the Games has been reunited with it thanks to the power of Twitter.

Minister launches new bigger trains

The first set of new 12-carriage trains on a busy commuter route ran today, with a Government minister helping to launch the service.

Monday morning misery for commuters

Rail commuters and Tube travellers were hit by delays to morning rush-hour services today.

Being Modern: Gastropubs

Readers, an apology. Those of you who regularly visit this column might by now have noticed a certain world-weariness – for while it is our raison d'être to celebrate the new, it is also our duty to report on the failings and foibles that more often than not turn those celebrations sour.

Fashion guru Alexander McQueen found dead

The fashion world was left reeling tonight by the death of celebrated British designer Alexander McQueen.

Andy Gill meets Andy Gill

After 30 years of being mistaken for him, The Independent's music critic Andy Gill meets the Gang of Four's Andy Gill to discuss a shared passion for pop powered by ideas

Betrayed by its own guardian: What next for 'The Observer'?

The £90m loss-making parent group is considering closing the Sunday paper. Ex-editor Jonathan Fenby reveals its difficult relationship with 'The Guardian'

Start of £16bn Crossrail project hailed

Gordon Brown cast the cares of the Westminster expenses scandal aside for a while today by celebrating the start of major construction work on the £16 billion cross-London Crossrail scheme.

Bites: Pull up a tweed, old chap

With many eateries struggling, this might not seem the ideal moment to enter the restaurant trade. But with spring in the air, it is all about new beginnings as a clutch of establishments open their doors.

Mechanical Bride, The Slaughtered Lamb, London

Among this season's musical micro-trends is the kooky young female singer-songwriter: a scene in search of the next Bat for Lashes. Lykke Li and Florence and the Machine are fine examples, and I recently saw The Mummers, aka Raissa Khan-Panni and friends, play a brief but promising showcase for their upcoming mini-album, Tale to Tell (Part One), presenting a repertoire that owes much to Björk and, hmmm... Judy Garland?

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Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
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British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
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