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: COLLEGE STATION – Though recent storms promised to reset the drought button for a large part of East Texas, the western half of the state will likely see below-normal precipitation from now through August, according to a Texas A&M University climatologist.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:17 am
One of the state’s worst droughts in decades has been particularly hard on its iconic ranching business, with the barren land leading to increased costs to feed cattle. In Starr County, at the southern tip of the state, Texas Agrilife Extension agent Omar Montemayor can’t give the ranchers money or rain, but he is teaching them ways to keep their herds healthy.
Full Story » Hannah Jones for Reporting Texas - Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 12:03 am
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Texas cotton planting intentions may be affected by the replanting to cotton of freeze-damaged wheat acreage, but a Texas A&M extension service expert doesn’t expect the change to be significant on dryland wheat acres.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:56 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
The resilient longhorn, able to survive on sparse foliage and water, has endured in Texas for more than 100 years. But the recent sale of about 100 longhorns by theTexas Parks and Wildlife Department has spurred debate about the breed’s future in the state.
Full Story » Cody Permenter for Texas Tribune - Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 9:22 pm
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College plans to more than double the number of titles in its catalog of free, online textbooks by 2015, supported by a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF).
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 9:19 am
Texas Business reports: The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory warning people not to consume or to limit consumption of certain fish caught in all waters off the Texas coast due to unsafe levels of mercury.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:07 pm
As he looks at the calendar, DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler is getting nervous.
Fowler is among a group of officials in the Eagle Ford Shale area who are lobbying lawmakers for money to address the rural South Texas region’s roads, many of which have been pummeled by drilling activity. With about a month left before the legislative session ends, he and others fear the push for funding has stalled.
Full Story » Aman Batheja for Texas Tribune - Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:29 pm
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The owner of a now defunct chiropractic clinic in Bryan has pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to defraud various automobile insurance companies of more than $3 million, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 3:49 pm
FracFocus, the online registry used by Texas and other states to disclose information about hydraulic fracturing, “creates obstacles to [regulatory] compliance” and seems “structurally skewed to delete” records, according to a reportfrom Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law Program.
Full Story » Mose Buchele for StateImpact - Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 3:26 pm
Galveston Still Healing 5 Years After Hurricane Ike GALVESTON — From his 18th-floor law office, Buddy Herz, the head of the Galveston Housing Authority and a lifelong resident of this city, can point out how his view has changed since Hurricane Ike slammed into the island in 2008. Full Story » Audrey White for the Texas Tribune - Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 12:03 am
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