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
As Austin has grown and changed in the past few years, so has the stretch of Barton Springs Road between South Lamar Boulevard and Zilker Park. New restaurants, including a microbrewery, have moved in to the popular restaurant row, as well as condominium and apartment developments. Amid this changing landscape, however, is a relic of Austin’s past: the Pecan Grove RV Park.
Full Story » Kelsey Jukam for Reporting Texas - Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 11:43 am
On “bottle special” Thursdays, The Library Bar in downtown Austin can go through nearly 80 cases of beer – that’s 1,920 bottles. The bottles are dumped into the trash receptacles behind the East Sixth Street bar, along with half-eaten pizzas, broken plastic cups and other garbage. Like most other downtown bars, The Library recycles only cardboard.
Full Story » Michelle Chu for Reporting Texas - Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:46 am
Beekeepers in Texas are hopeful that a late-blooming wildflower crop will be enough to keep their colonies alive, despite predictions of intensifying drought conditions that have taken a toll on the bee population in recent years.
Full Story » Megan Strickland for Reporting Texas - Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 3:12 pm
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: AUSTIN—Visolis, a student-run company from the Indian School of Business, beat 39 teams from top graduate programs around the world to claim the grand prize at the 30th annual Global Venture Labs Investment Competition (GVLIC) held at The University of Texas at Austin earlier this month.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:03 am
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—On Tuesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) told judges overseeing the licensing case for two proposed South Texas Project nuclear reactors that the applicant (NINA) is subject to foreign ownership control or domination requirements and does not meet the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act in this regard.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 1:11 pm
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Buyer Group International Inc. acquired option rights to the majority interest in Caribou Greenland Corporation (GCG) based near the town of Isortoq, Greenland, including lands and surface rights approximating 360,000 acres, and a 50% interest in the meat processing facility, equipment and small hydro facilities, and live herd, all valued at approximately $4,000,000.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013 12:03 am
Researchers at The University of Texas are developing technology that may soon allow individuals to be tested for a number of infections and diseases without having to make a trip to the doctor’s office.
Full Story » Kelsey Jukam for Reporting Texas - Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:03 am
Texas Business reports: PFLUGERVILLE, Texas—The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) announced that TrackingPoint, Inc., an applied technology company that designs, develops and manufactures the world's first precision-guided firearms (PGFs), will relocate and expand its corporate headquarters, manufacturing, and research and development facilities to a 48,000-square-feet office space in the 130 Business Park at 130 Commerce Center in Pflugerville.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 6:20 pm
Texas Business reports: KINGSTON, Okla.—Quantum Materials Corporation chose the greater Austin area in Texas to relocate headquarters and to establish the company's research and development laboratories, officials announced.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:04 am
AUSTIN — In a nondescript industrial office park in Northeast Austin, a group of hackers works in a sprawling warehouse equipped with cutting edge technologies, plotting the expansion of their organization.
Full Story » By Kelsey Jukam for Reporting Texas - Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:03 am
Avinash Panga and Sidlgata V. Sreenivasan, both of Austin, recently received U.S. Patent 8,394,282 for “Adaptive Nanotopography Sculpting.”
Texas Business Patent of the Day: Two Texas residents developed a way to make structures on the microscopic scale. Avinash Panga and Sidlgata V. Sreenivasan, both of Austin, recently received U.S. Patent 8,394,282 for “Adaptive Nanotopography Sculpting.”
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:03 am
AUSTIN — East Austin is changing, but Isaias Hernandez isn’t complaining. The native of Guadalajara, Mexico, found a successful career selling piñatas in the traditionally Hispanic neighborhood. But as East Austin has become a hot venue for affluent young residents and trendy businesses that have displaced many Hispanics, Hernandez’ shop is benefiting from the boom.
Full Story » By Hannah B. Shea for Reporting Texas - Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 12:03 am
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