Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
NEW BRAUNFELS — Off a dirt road connected to ever-flowing Interstate 35, a little metal sign on a wooden fence is the only indication of what lies ahead. Nearby, Buckley Powder, a mining and construction supply company, stores large quantities of ammonium nitrate, the source of the explosion at a fertilizer depot that killed at least 14 people and injured hundreds more last month in West.
Full Story » Chris Hooks and Maurice Chammah for Texas Tribune - Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 11:24 am
Texas Business reports: AMARILLO—Michael David Goodwin, 63, an orthodontist who practiced in Amarillo and Crown Point, Indiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson to 50 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,810,960 in restitution, following his guilty plea in December 2012 to one count of health care fraud related to the Texas Medicaid program.
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Texas Business reports: WACO—The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) at Baylor University won a $3.5 million Community Partnership Program (CPP) contract from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) that will allow THI to develop an innovative statewide public-private partnership to expand access to food and health care for low-income Texas families through community-based research and programmatic activities.
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Texas Business Patent of the Day: How the animal breathes and how its blood flows is the subject of a patent by two Texans.John T. Haynes of Canyon and William C. Pratt of Amarillo recently received U.S. Patent 8,282,557 for “Determining Respiratory or Circulatory Health Condition in Animals for Improved Management.”
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:02 am
Texas Business Patent of the Day: When you drink from a water well, you sometimes forget that well is dug into dirt and earth and rubble and other stuff. And then sometimes, things get into the well because, well, it’s a well. That is the problem that two Castro County men are trying to solve. Dan Nelson and Robert Nelson, both of Dimmitt, Texas, recently received U.S. Patent 8,205,676 for “Water Well Cleaning Apparatus and Method.”
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 12:03 am
Texas Business reports: PAMPA—Prime Healthcare Services, based in Ontario, Calif., completed a transaction to acquire Pampa Regional Medical Center, located in Pampa, Texas, from Signature Hospital Corporation, based in Houston.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:03 am
Darron Phillips of San Antonio, Jeff Wright of Bulverde, Texas and Jeff Lambert of Canyon, Texas recently received U.S. Patent 8,128,408 for “Door Breach Training System."
Texas Business Patent of the Day: Three Texas men have devised a way to train people to break down a door, without breaking doors. Darron Phillips of San Antonio, Jeff Wright of Bulverde, Texas and Jeff Lambert of Canyon, Texas recently received U.S. Patent 8,128,408 for “Door Breach Training System."
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:03 am
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