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: Internationally renowned physicist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, Marlan O. Scully, who is best known for his work in theoretical quantum optics, has been named distinguished research academician of science and engineering at Baylor University.
Scully, who will relocate his research labs to the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), has made outstanding research accomplishments over his long career in the areas of quantum optics, laser physics and bioengineering. He wrote definitive textbooks on quantum optics and laser physics and has published his research in more than 700 articles in j professional journals such as Nature and Science. He has also written for popular venues like Scientific American and Physics Today.
“Dr. Scully is truly a Renaissance researcher,” said Truell Hyde, Baylor University vice provost for research. “His knowledge and research interests span many fields, and we look forward to his continued research contributions here at Baylor.”
In addition to his membership in the National Academy of Sciences, Scully is a member of the Academia Europa, the Max Planck Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others. He has received numerous awards and honors including the Elliot Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Schawlow Prize of the American Physical Society, the Townes Medal of the American Optical Society, the Herbert Walther Award of the German Physical Society, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was recently appointed Loeb Lecturer at Harvard University.
“I am excited to become part of the Baylor community and explore the theological and philosophical implications of quantum mechanics, entropy and statistical time,” said Scully. “Baylor is a unique, academically excellent Christian university, and I look forward to working with fellow researchers as Baylor reaches the next level of research excellence.”
Scully did his undergraduate work at the University of Wyoming and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his master's and doctoral work at Yale University. He is a member of the faculties at Texas A&M University and Princeton University. He is the Herschel Burgess Chair and Distinguished Professor in the department of physics at Texas A&M and is the director of its Center for Theoretical Physics. For the past decade, he has held a professorial position at Princeton.
The BRIC is the first, and cornerstone, facility of a 21-acre discovery complex that will evolve into the Central Texas Technology and Research Park as tenants populate the park over the next few decades. It will provide researchers, organizations and private companies with 300,000 square feet of physical space for labs, research centers, industry collaborative space, workforce training and symposia meeting venues for up to 300 attendees. Additionally, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) space and an Innovative Business Accelerator are planned.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: ClubCorp buys Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas and Plano; Office Depot overcharged Dallas by up to $3.6 million, city auditor finds; Texas power market monitor resigns amid unresolved reform debate; U.S. Supreme Court denies review of Farmers Branch immigration ordinance; Aggie Vanishing Act: Sale of Texas Wesleyan’s law school to A&M leaves alumni out in the cold;ExxonMobil CEO Doesn't Want a Fracking Operation Near His Backyard bDrowned bridge worker’s employer had prior OSHA violations; Gates-led power-unit bankruptcy may revive Texas electric debate;Baylor will return 5,000 unsold Fiesta Bowl tickets; and more.