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: Denton—A Dallas firm is designing what is claimed to be the first alternative energy system for a college football stadium.
When opened in September 2011, the stadium – designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group – will be the first new collegiate venue incorporating onsite renewable energy through the use of wind turbine power, officials said.
UNT was awarded a $2 million grant by the State Energy Conservation Office for the installation of three wind turbines that will provide electricity to the energy grid which provides power to the new stadium and other buildings on the west side of Interstate 35E.
“These wind turbines will give UNT a trifecta of benefits,” said HKS DesignGreen executive Chris Mundell in prepared statement. “They will be an innovative educational tool for UNT students and faculty. The turbines will also be a symbol of sustainability for all the stadium’s spectators. Lastly, they help offset energy consumption of the new stadium, making it one of the most energy efficient in the country.”
The firm estimates the three wind turbines will offset the energy consumption of Mean Green Village, the area of campus surrounding the new stadium, by about 6 percent and eliminate 323 metric tons of CO2 being emitted annually.
A web-based monitoring system will provide details on energy production, carbon reduction statistics and empirical data that can be used for both educational and research purposes at UNT.
The 30,000-seat UNT stadium will feature luxury suites, an amenity-filled club level, a Spirit Store, a corporate deck and a Touchdown Terrace. The new stadium, which replaces the 57-year-old Fouts Field, is designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group.
HKS Sports & Entertainment Group’s projects include Cowboys Stadium, Metrodome Next Venue, Liverpool FC Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium and Miller Park. HKS, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, operates from 23 offices worldwide.
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