News File: Glass capsules containing ketamine found in Bang Pa In on 26 June, 2008

The anaesthetic has become a popular recreational drug

Government's official drug advisers have advised changes to the status of two 'legal highs'

Former legal high NBOMe set to become Class A substance

Dealers could face up to life in prison

Album review: Nana Vasconcelos, 4 Elementos
(Far Out Recordings)

Maybe when you are Brazil’s most revered percussionist (Vasconcelos has played with Jan Garbarek and Pat Metheny among others) you feel obliged to stretch the bashing-and-tapping-things envelope. For there doesn’t appear to be any musical reason for what sounds like underwater conga playing or, for that matter, rigorous crisp packet shaking.

Album review: Damon, Song of a Gypsy (Now Again)

It’s become fashionable to dismiss the youth of the late 1960s as a bunch of happy-clappy tree-huggers. But the counter-culture of the counter-culture – see Forever Changes and, say, Crown of Creation – was always where the darker, more interesting music lurked.

Review: Da Lata, Fabiola (Agogo Records)

If this world-fusion outfit had opened their long-awaited new album with the ghastly third-rate funk-rock track that closes it, your reviewer would have instantly pressed the eject button and you wouldn’t be reading this.

Laura Mvula performs on the Pyramid Stage during day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival

Music review: Laura Mvula - 'An organic talent who is sweet to the ears'

Whatever your stance on the annual Mercury Music Prize shortlist recrimination frenzy, no one can deny the effect that even nomination can have on an artist in terms of sales, coverage and self-confidence. So with a Mercury nod in the bag, how is the self-effacing Laura Mvula feeling as she headlines the Shepherds Bush Empire on a Friday night?

Made in England for 50 years: the lava lamp celebrates its birthday

Invented in 1963, the lava lamp's fortunes have risen and fallen over the years

Album review: Israel Nash Gripka, Rain Plans (Loose)

The brilliant Barn Doors and Concrete Floors told an engaging story: what happens when you concentrate a load of Neil Young and Rolling Stones influences into a large, plank-walled byre in upstate New York and then let them run and play.

LSD is referenced in songs such as 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' by the Beatles

Hallucinogenic health trip: LSD may not be bad for you, says study

‘Not much evidence’ for long-term problems over the past 50 years, Norwegian researchers conclude

Album: Honey Ltd, The Complete LHI recordings (Light in the Attic)

Got a summer pop longing? You could do worse than this small chapter in the history of the girl group.

'I'm living happily and learning to play the guitar': Miami cannibal victim Ronald Poppo describes life a year on from the horrific attack by Rudy Eugene that left him with 75% of his face chewed off

In a video released by hospital staff to mark a year since the horrific attack, Ronald Poppo smiled and spoke publicly for the first time

Album: Family Atlantica, Family Atlantica (Soundways Records)

The core of the band is Heliocentrics member Jack Yglesias and his Venezuelan wife Luzmira Zerpa.

German electronic-music pioneers Kraftwerk perform in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern against a giant backdrop

Kraftwerk show they still rule the Autobahn on a magical trip at Tate Modern

A burst of luminous 3D graphics lit up a blacked out Turbine Hall and projected far out into the crowd ‘WE ARE THE ROBOTS’, the graphics read and were echoed by the synthesised voice of Kraftwerk. With those words, the pioneering German electronica band kicked off their eight day ‘residency’ at Tate Modern before the crowd of 800 people who had been lucky enough to secure themselves a ticket.

Solange, XOYO, London

Beyonce's little sister is determined to do it for herself

Six in hospital after taking hallucinogenic drugs

One man was seriously ill and five others in hospital after taking a hallucinogenic drug today.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London

Paul Sirret has a long creative association with the Theatre Royal Stratford East where his works include the Olivier-nominated Ska musical The Big Life. This, though, is his first ever pantomime, a tricky mixed form that can defeat even the most seasoned scribe, and he rises to the challenge with a show that's a lovely, warm and very funny blend of traditional elements and quirky original twists.

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London