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NO celestial object has inspired more myth and legend than the moon - pale, mysterious, waxing and waning, inspiration for lovers, creator of tides and trigger for werewolves; personified as a deity or a demon or just the man in the moon (though some cultures see a rabbit or a frog or a toad). Wild behavior is blamed on the full moon - and the word "lunacy" comes from the Latin name for the moon goddess.

In his new book, "Moonstruck: How Lunar Cycles Affect Life," Ernest Naylor writes that this history of fantasy and fable has made us too skeptical of actual moon-related effects on earthly beings. While modern science accepts that the sun's 24-hour circadian pattern is wired into the genes of many species, he says, "scientists fearing ridicule" are wary of studying similar moon-related phenomena.

Naylor, a professor emeritus of marine biology and ocean science at Britain's Bangor University, sets out to counter that reluctance by citing patterns, mostly in the marine animals that are his specialty, of moon-related behavior. Crayfish, for example, adjust their activity levels in response to the phases of the moon, even when the sky is overcast and they can't perceive moonlight

PARIS : The world is about to go all baggy.

As stock markets tumble and economists talk of more tightening of belts, fashion has gone supersized, with Paris catwalks overflowing Wednesday with outsized overcoats and baggy trousers.

If the first day of the menswear catwalks shows is anything to go by, men will be flapping around in too-long trousers and enormous ankle-length coats when the new autumn-winter designs hit the shops in six months' time.

Most of the models in Off-White's show

SHAH ALAM : Petron Malaysia Refining and Marketing Bhd Friday introduced the RON100 oil that complied with Euro-4M standard in the Malaysian market.

The premium oil, Blaze 100 Euro 4M, currently retailed at RM2.80 per litre, is now available in eight service stations in Klang Valley and Johor with another 30 to 40 stations expected to carry the high grade fuel in the next few months based on customer demand.

Petron has 560 stations nationwide.

Petron's Head of Retail, Faridah Ali, said the

SYDNEY: The multinational team hunting for MH370 will not expand the search zone in the southern Indian Ocean without new clues about the wreck's exact location.

More than 80,000 sq km of seabed have been scoured, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said on Wednesday (Jan 13) in its weekly update. The search of the full 120,000 sq km area will be completed in the middle of the year, the bureau said.

The governments of Australia, Malaysia and China need "credible new information that leads

SHAH ALAM : Two boys drowned and one of their friends was rescued by a team of firemen who happened to be passing through the Sungai Bancenal area, Kunci Air Buang, Tanjong Karang, near here, Wednesday morning.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations, Mohd Sani Harul said the two boys who drowned were Mohammad Akmal Munawir and Mohammad Hafiz Arbain, while their friend who was rescued is Raja Muhammad Hazik Raja Hasrizal.

He said in the 11.10am incident, the three

KUALA LUMPUR : The Malaysian Police on Saturday said that a man, who was arrested at a train station in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, has confessed to planning a suicide attack.

The 28-year-old male had been nabbed outside a station in Jelatik, near the city centre, with weapons and documents related to the Islamic State group, reported Reuters.

Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar, in a statement, said that the suspect confessed to planning a suicide attack after receiving orders from Isis in Syria

KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa (pic) denied reports claiming that government contract workers would have their services terminated by December this year.

He said the government did not intend to terminate the contracts of its staff this year.

"It's a false news and a lie spread by irresponsible individuals with no authority," he said in a statement Tuesday.

A news portal reported today that government contract workers would not have their contract

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