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: HOUSTON—A tabletop device invented at Rice University can tell how efficiently a nanoparticle would travel through a well and may provide a wealth of information for oil and gas producers.
AUSTIN--Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering developed a new source of renewable energy, a biofuel, from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. This yeast produces oils and fats, known as lipids, that can be used in place of petroleum-derived products.
Time is quickly running out for Texans fighting the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.
As its operator prepares to start pumping crude oil underground from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on Texas’ Gulf Coast, citizen activists are calling for more testing of the line, saying that months-old warning letters sent by federal regulators to the pipeline's operator provide reason for concern about the line’s integrity.
PALACIOS — At first glance, the large, framed photo hanging on a wall at the state’s largest nuclear power plant seems to tell a simple story. About 200 smiling men and women stand in block formation behind a long-stretching banner — shades of a high school class portrait, though one posed in front of the domes of two nuclear reactors.
Leaking pipelines like the one that exploded near Milford in November draw the attention of news media, politicians and regulators, but hundreds of smaller leaks that don’t result in disaster go largely unnoticed.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN, Texas — A new study correlates a series of small earthquakes near Snyder, Texas between 2006 and 2011 with the underground injection of large volumes of gas, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) — a finding that is relevant to the process of capturing and storing CO2 underground.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Gastar Exploration Ltd. executed closing documents on the previously announced sale of its East Texas properties to Cubic Energy. Gastar expects to receive $39.2 million in proceeds in addition to the $4.7 million deposit previously paid by Cubic Energy.
Texas Business reports: MIDLOTHIAN, Texas—California’s Applied Natural Gas Fuels Inc. (ANGF), the second largest producer and marketer of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the United States, plans to build a multi-liquefier LNG production platform in Midlothian, Texas.
Jose Lopez is rarely surprised when a sheriff's deputy pulls up to the battery warehouse he manages. Law enforcement officials are frequent visitors to Tri-State Battery Supply in Longview, which has become an ally in a crackdown on thefts of equipment in East Texas’ slice of the lucrative Haynesville Shale.
The road to redemption from a debunked and abandoned study holds at least one more challenge for the University of Texas Energy Institute and its new guard of administrators. A conflict of interest policy that promised to prevent the past from repeating itself has been delayed by the UT System amid protests from faculty, and the institute’s interim director says industry partnerships will remain key to funding its research.
Texas Business reports: AMARILLO, Texas—Surge Global Energy Inc. signed a letter of intent agreement with Amazing Energy Inc. of Amarillo to acquire for stock, the controlling interest in Amazing Energy.
Texas Business reports: A study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites, according to a team of researchers that was led by UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry Kevin Schug.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. reached an agreement with Xuecheng Energy (XE), formerly Shandong Hai Hua Coal & Chemical Company Ltd. (Hai Hua), that will enable SES’ Zao Zhuang Joint Venture (ZZ JV) to restart the plants and expand into producing and selling methanol.
Texas ranks first out of 41 states for modernizing its electric grid, according to a new report — although that doesn’t mean Texans pay significantly less for electricity, or that the grid is safe from strain due to high demand this summer.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Gastar Exploration Ltd. signed an agreement with an undisclosed third party for the sale of Gastar's interests in approximately 76,000 net acres in Kingfisher and Canadian counties, Oklahoma for approximately $62 million in cash.
Texas Business reports: IRVING, Texas—Darling International Inc. announcedDiamond Green Diesel, the joint venture between Valero subsidiary Diamond Alternative Energy LLC and Darling International Inc., reached mechanical completion and the startup process will lead to full production of renewable diesel.
Texas Business reports: EL PASO--Led by Chintalapalle Ramana, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso are investigating novel structural materials to improve nuclear reactors.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Southwest Engineers Inc., a full-service civil and environmental engineering consulting firm signed an extensive agreement with Earthwater Resources Inc. for a major project on the Bakken Shale oil and gas zone in North Dakota.
LULING — Amid the dry weeds on a 470-acre ranch here, a rusted head of steel pokes up, a vestige of an oil well abandoned decades ago. Across the field stand two huge, old wooden oil tanks, one of them tilting like a smokestack on the Titanic.
Texas Business reports: IRVING—Today the United States and the state of Arkansas filed a joint enforcement action against ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company (ExxonMobil) in federal district court in Little Rock, Ark.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—In 2013, CenterPointEnergy will add 35 natural gas vehicles to its fleet across Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Additionally, the company expects to provide natural gas service to at least 17 new compressed natural gas fueling stations built in the company's service territory.
Texas Business reports: EL PASO, Texas—U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin officials commissioned the first U.S. Department of Defense grid-tied microgrid integrating both renewable resources and energy storage at Fort Bliss, Texas. The project was funded by the DoD's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.
Texas Business reports: HARLINGEN, Texas—Construction is expected to begin early next year on the new La Paloma Power Plant, to be located in the Harlingen Industrial Park in Harlingen, Texas located along the US-Mexico border near the Gulf of Mexico, in deep South Texas.
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.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Hainan Dongfang Henghe Energy Development Company Ltd., based in Hainan Province, China, selected Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. for a 10 billion RMB (US$1.6 billion) coal waste to synthetic natural gas (SNG) project in Jiangxi Province, China.
Texas Business reports: ABERDEEN, Scotland— Proserv Group Inc., an energy production technology services company, acquired Total Instrumentation & Controls (TIC), a specialist in in advanced process and control systems equipment, based in Houston.
Texas Business reports: Cleburne, Texas—Tennessee-based Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, retail and logistics industries, entered into an agreement to purchase a biodiesel production facility and related assets based in Cleburne, Texas from EQM Technologies & Energy Inc. for approximately $5.3 million.
Texas Business reports: THE WOODLANDS, Texas— Newpark Resources Inc. completed the acquisition of substantially all assets and operations of Alliance Drilling Fluids LLC, a provider of drilling fluids, proppants, and related services headquartered in Midland, Texas.
Texas Business reports: CLEBURNE, Texas—Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP commissioned a new nitrogen liquefier at its air separation plant in Cleburne, Texas to further support growth in the Texas and Oklahoma industrial gas markets.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Kirby Corporation completed the acquisition of Penn Maritime Inc. and Maritime Investments LLC , an operator of tank barges and tugboats participating in the coastal transportation of primarily black oil products in the United States.
Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation's drinking water. In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer exemptions in Western states now stricken by drought and increasingly desperate for water.
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