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Signs of the Zodiac
The Scales. Ruling planet: Venus. Element: Air. Quality: Relating. Ability: Diplomacy.You are the tactful diplomats of the zodiac. Ever concerned with the impact of your words and actions, you strive for harmony in all things. You weigh and balance with careful deliberation and thoroughly think through all your plans and activities. Good at seeing all sides of a situation, you are often drawn to fields dealing with the law or courts. Justice is your companion.While balance is your watchword, you do not maintain center at all times, rather, continuously swing and sway back and forth, always striving for the central point. If you work too many hours one week, you will sleep in a lot during the next. You intuitively sense where to fulfill your needs.
This Day in History
2009: Charles K. Kao, Willard S. Boyle, and George E. Smith won the Nobel Prize in physics for their contributions toward fiber optics and digital photography.Kao, of Standard Telecommunication Laboratories in Harlow, UK, and Chinese University of Hong Kong, won half the prize for "groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication. . . . [In 1966] he carefully calculated how to transmit light over long distances via optical glass fibers. With a fiber of purest glass it would be possible to transmit light signals over 100 kilometers, compared to only 20 meters for the fibers available in the 1960s." Boyle and Smith, both from Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., shared the other half of the prize "for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit – the CCD sensor. . . . The CCD is the digital camera's electronic eye. It revolutionized photography, as light could now be captured electronically instead of on film."