Today, many people are walking around not knowing who they really are. Not naturally speaking, of course, but spiritually speaking. Once you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you take on a new identity — His identity. Everything He is, you become. Because Jesus is an overcomer, you are an overcomer (1 John 4:4). Because Jesus is more than a conqueror, you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). You become empowered to do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13)!
Let these words sink down deep in your heart today. Realize that because of Jesus, there is greatness on the inside of you. As you study and meditate on the Word of God, you will realize your true potential. You’ll discover who you really are so you can live the good life He has called you to!
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plus one hotel by spamroom - this wildly eclectic and “craftmanly” hotel is in the vanguard of design experiments in the swirling vortex of talent and imagination that is berlin.
(CNN) — The next wave of smartphones and tablets might have super-sturdy screens fashioned from the human-made version of a gemstone.
Manufactured sapphire, a substance already used to armor some military vehicles, would be an almost unbreakable alternative to the glass now used on the displays of mobile devices, according to a report in the MIT Technology Review.
Sapphire is the second-hardest material on the planet, behind only diamond. According to the MIT report, a sapphire smartphone screen wouldn’t break when you dropped it and couldn’t be scratched with a car key or by a sidewalk.
“I’m convinced that some (manufacturers) will start testing the water and release some high-end smartphones using sapphire in 2013,” Eric Virey, an analyst for the market research firm Yole Développement, said in the report.
Currently, Apple uses manufactured sapphire to protect the camera lens on its iPhone 5.
Manufactured sapphire is made by melting down aluminum oxide, the compound that crystallizes into sapphire in nature, allowing it to cool and then cutting it with a diamond-coated wire saw.
One stumbling block could be price. Currently, a sapphire display for a smartphone would cost about $30, compared with $3 for the screens made by Corning’s Gorilla Glass, the protective cover that’s on more than 1 billion devices.
The MIT report estimates that sapphire would be about three times stronger than Gorilla Glass. But Corning spokesman Daniel Collins said the company isn’t too worried.
“It is unclear to us if this could provide better overall performance than actual glass,” he wrote in an e-mail. “There also are the questions about cost and product weight that must be addressed before sapphire would be a serious consideration for mass market applications.”
Collins noted that Gorilla Glass can be molded into curved designs and multiple shapes without losing its strength, and he questioned whether the same could be said for manufactured sapphire.
The company says its most recent product, Gorilla Glass 3, will be in phones this year and is twice as strong as previous versions.
Virey said the cost for a sapphire screen could fall to $20 in the next few years, which might be affordable enough to make consumers give it a shot.
Another alternative would be ultrathin (and less costly) sapphire covers that would fit over glass screens for added durability.
GT Advanced Technologies, a New Hampshire company, is developing a method to make synthetic sapphire sheets that are the width of a human hair.
Other companies in the United States, South Korea and Russia are working on similar technologies.
“If costs can get low enough, these manufacturers may have a large market waiting for them,” Kevin Bullis, senior editor of the MIT Technology Review, wrote in the report. “But they’ll have to continue to contend with the incumbent technologies — Gorilla Glass and similar materials offered by other manufacturers.”
I’ve often stated that a window or view is one of the best workspace features you can have, whenever possible, for a variety of reasons. Betty Hase, a workplace strategist and leader of Herman Miller’s Advanced Knowledge and Applications team shares some insight.
There may be more attention given to nature nowadays because our lives are more hectic. We are always online, always connected, always on, 24/7. It has put us in this continual state of partial attention to everything, without focusing on anything. And that does cause stress. Anything you can change in your surroundings to alleviate stress is healthy — and making sure you have a window view to nature is one of the best, most human things you can do.
This is simply a well used desk. Although not very minimal, it nonetheless depicts how environment lends itself to producing your best work. This owner is surrounded by all the creature comforts and you can tell he/she is really immersed in the task at hand.