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: DALLAS—Satterfield & Pontikes Construction (S&P) completed construction of the new Ann Richards Middle School for the Dallas Independent School District.
Designed by PBK Architects, the 184,000-square-foot school is an environmentally sustainable facility for 1,250 students in grades six through eight.
The school was designed and built according to environmental standards developed by the Texas Collaborative for High Performance Schools, which require the incorporation of energy efficiency, conservation and design features that foster responsible use of resources. The site’s steep topography provided the opportunity to maximize multi-story and multi-level design.
The geothermal heating and cooling system will dramatically reduce energy usage. Dallas ISD expects the system will save 35 percent on utility bills compared to a typical school.
Sunshades, light shelves and intelligent lighting controls also contribute to energy efficiency. The use of materials with low-emitting volatile organic compounds – including adhesives, paint, carpet and VCT tile – reduce unhealthy emissions into the atmosphere. The “cool roof” with reflective coating helps to reduce heat gain in the building.
Technology is at the forefront in the school, including high-tech classrooms and computer labs, irrigation control sensors, and highly efficient computerized lighting fixtures and controls. Outdoor spaces, which are also accessible and usable by the community, include a football/soccer field, softball/baseball field, tennis courts and outdoor basketball/volleyball court.
The project addressed the needs of the community by relieving two overcrowded middle schools that were nearly 60 years old and will serve the east Dallas neighborhood for many years to come. The school is named for Ann Richards, the former Governor of Texas.
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