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
he new Estuarine Research Center at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas will expand the institute's research capabilities and provides a new home for the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Texas Business reports: PORT ARANSAS—The University of Texas Marine Science Institute officially opens its newest campus building, the Estuarine Research Center, this weekend in Port Aransas.
The sustainably designed building expands the research capacity of the Marine Science Institute with three floors of marine laboratories. It also is the headquarters for the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), a 185,708-acre area of estuarine habitat established in 2006 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and managed by the institute.
The new Estuarine Research Center at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas will expand the institute's research capabilities and provides a new home for the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve.
“Estuaries are some of the most economically and ecologically important places on Earth,” said Lee Fuiman, director of the Marine Science Institute. “They are where human populations meet the sea, and they provide many services that we depend upon. Threats to our estuaries, such as last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, hypoxia and climate change, underscore the importance of estuarine research. This new facility represents a significant expansion of our expertise in coastal ecology, and we are especially proud that it was designed and constructed in an environmentally responsible way.”
“Partnerships and cutting-edge facilities such as this one are concrete examples of science, service and stewardship in action,” said Larry Robinson, assistant secretary of commerce for conservation and management and NOAA deputy administrator. “This facility will bring the reserve's research, training and monitoring capabilities under one roof and allow scientists to conduct research critical to protecting and sustaining Texas' coastal communities and ecosystems.”
Marine Science Institute faculty, staff and students will continue their groundbreaking research and stewardship activities related to the Texas Gulf coast estuarine environment in the building. They will seek to further understand the role that estuarine ecosystems play for our economy and environment, including serving as fish hatcheries, pollutant filtration systems and buffers from storms.
The building is the first educational facility in South Texas includes a number of features designed to decrease its impact on the sensitive coastal environment and protect it from hurricanes and extreme coastal temperatures and winds.
Designed by Richter Architects, the building's east-west orientation helps decrease solar heat gain and will help to protect it from hurricane storm surges. The southern face of the building is stepped inward from roof-to-ground to provide shading from summer sun, while its north face opens upward to provide natural light to the interiors. It also features solar panels, large cisterns for rainwater capture and surrounding gardens that highlight local flora and are part of the educational tour services offered on the institute's campus.
The Estuarine Research Center was built as a partnership between The University of Texas at Austin, NOAA and the Texas General Land Office.
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