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
Texas Business reports: A West Texas energy company bought 10,900 acres in an important oil shale play.
Approach Resources Inc. announced that it has acquired additional acreage in Crockett County in the Permian Basin, that further expands the Company’s exploration interests targeting the Wolffork oil shale play.
In the transaction, Approach acquired leasehold interests covering 10,900 contiguous, net acres from private parties.
The new acreage, or Pangea West, is approximately nine miles west of the company’s existing acreage in northeast Crockett County. The company’s total acreage position in the Permian Basin now covers approximately 151,000 gross (109,000 net) acres.
“Acquiring additional acreage in the Permian Basin enhances our leverage to the multi-zone potential of the Wolffork oil shale play and adds to our portfolio of opportunities,” said Approach chief executive J. Ross Craft. “Based on our preliminary geological evaluation of the new acreage, we believe the new acreage will be an extension of the Wolffork oil shale play in Project Pangea, and may also be prospective for the shallower San Andres and deeper Canyon Sands, Strawn and Ellenburger formations. We plan to begin to delineate the Wolffork trend across the new acreage during the second half of 2011.”
Approach Resources Inc. is an independent oil and gas company with core operations, production and reserves located in the Permian Basin in West Texas.
The company targets multiple oil and liquids-rich formations in the Permian Basin, where the company operates approximately 109,000 net acres.
At June 30, 2010, the firm’s estimated proved reserves were 46.4 million barrels of oil equivalent, 50 percent oil and NGLs and 50 percent natural gas.
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