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: DFW AIRPORT—Singapore Airlines Cargo launched its first freighter flight connecting DFW International Airport with Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Singapore Cargo's new service to Brazil represents DFW's first direct cargo connection between Asia and South America, and the first all-cargo freighter flight from DFW to South America.
Singapore Airlines will expand the flight to twice weekly service by the fall. The flight takes a round-the-world route from Singapore to Hong Kong, Anchorage, DFW, Sao Paulo, back to DFW, Brussels, Sharjah (UAE), and to Singapore.
“This new Singapore Airlines Cargo flight to Brazil marks an important milestone for DFW, because it not only marks DFW's first freighter service into South America, it also establishes our airport as a vital transport link between Asia and South America,” said DFW International Airport chief executive Jeff Fegan in a prepared statement. “We believe this route will further demonstrate that DFW represents a tremendous gateway opportunity for international air traffic, and hopefully lead to more growth at DFW and in support of the Dallas/Fort Worth economy.”
The Singapore Airlines Cargo flight is part of the payoff DFW Airport's expansion of its cargo service. In the last decade, DFW's cargo service has more than tripled. From June 2011 to June 2012, 654-thousand metric tonnes of cargo shipped from DFW, with almost half of that total shipped by international cargo carriers. DFW currently serves as home to a total of 14 dedicated cargo airlines.
Cargo airlines at DFW have two million square feet of cargo warehouse space, seven unrestricted runways, 24-hour-a-day/seven-day-a-week operations, and a central location for distribution of goods in the United States.
“These new freighter services demonstrate our confidence in the growth potential of the Brazilian market and will extend our network coverage to over 70 cities in more than 30 countries. We hope these services will give our customers more choice of flights to ship their freight between Brazil and various markets,”said Singapore Airline Cargo executive Tan Tiow Kor in a statement.
“DFW's commitment to growing its cargo portfolio is paying off with service such as this new Singapore Airlines Cargo flight to Brazil,” said Luis Perez, vice president for air service development at DFW. “Our mission is to bring more air service to the citizens of Dallas/Fort Worth, which brings more economic opportunity, jobs and growth to our region.”
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