News Sir David Attenborough: 'I promised I would do something'

It's a theory that hasn't been proposed by politicians yet

Terminator Salvation, McG, 115 mins, Cert (12A)

Arnie-type Terminators are in their infancy in this prequel-sequel gun-fest, but who cares? In McG's dull dystopia even humans talk like machines, and a never-ending war franchise means that ... they'll be back

Amanda Knox: innocent abroad, or a calculating killer? Now the jury must decide

The American student's murder trial begins today – and Italy is transfixed, reports Peter Popham

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/mixtape-thrille.html">MixTape: Thriller night, thriller night etc...</a>

Bruce Springsteen has claimed "catastrophic success" and has cancelled his annual Halloween celebrations of which he reportedly displays rather alluring Halloween fixtures for all to see. I’m thinking it may have looked something like this.

Game of the week - Siren Blood Curse (PS3), &pound;19.99

In the mood for some seasonal scares this Halloween? Well, what could be spookier than a survival horror title? A Japanese survival horror title, that's what. 'Siren Blood Curse', which hits the shops with impeccable timing this Friday, has all the elements of a terrifying ride, from a deserted village with a bloody history, to an army of angry zombies. For real edge-of-your-seat stuff, check out the level which takes place in an abandoned hospital – I dare you to come out from behind the sofa to do so.

Ban on prison parties after Halloween outrage

The Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, has banned "unacceptable" prison parties after a national newspaper published pictures of convicted prisoners dressed in horror-themed costumes.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/ben_chu/index.html" target="_blank">Ben Chu: Crime and punishment, Sun-style</a>

The Sun does its bit to encourage a thoughtful public debate on penal policy this morning with its publication of pictures of women prisoners at Holloway Prison participating in a Halloween fancy dress party.

Preview: Electric picnic, Stradbally Village, Nr Dublin

Go electro alfresco with pop duo

A visitor from another world &ndash; or just a dirty old man with a ladder?

If, this time next week, we are all under the control of superior beings from the Planet Tharg, remember you read it here first.

Last Night's TV: Absorbing scenes from a class struggle

Chinese School, BBC4; Massacre at Virginia Tech: This World, BBC2; The Killing of Sally Anne Bowman &ndash; a crimewatch special, BBC1

Johnson accepts Mourinho apology

Andrew Johnson has accepted an apology from Jose Mourinho following claims by the Chelsea manager that the Everton striker is a serial diver.

Portfolio: America's most unwanted

Mary Ellen Mark is one of the most respected documentary photographers of our time. Her latest collection of work forms an arresting portrait of those excluded from mainstream American society.

Dilemmas: My partner's children refuse to meet me

Petra's a widow with a divorced boyfriend, whose adult children refuse to meet Petra or talk to her. His parents are now having an anniversary party and have left it up to him whether he brings Petra or not. He's unsure; she feels rejected and betrayed. What should she do?

The new face of horror

America has gone crazy for 'The Blair Witch Project'; George Romero's classic 'Night of the Living Dead' walks again. Fear is back in fashion - and Hollywood is running scared.
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The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas