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.
HOUSTON––Rice University scientists have found they can control the bonds between atoms in a molecule.
The molecule in question is carbon-60, also known as the buckminsterfullerene and the buckyball, discovered at Rice in 1985. The scientists led by Rice physicists Yajing Li and Douglas Natelson found that it’s possible to soften the bonds between atoms by applying a voltage and running an electric current through a single buckyball.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin and University of Sannio in Italy shows that metamaterials can be designed to do “photonic calculus” by working like an analog computer.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN--Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have proposed the first design of a cloaking device that uses an external source of energy to significantly broaden its bandwidth of operation.
The Federal Aviation Administration has chosen Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as one of six test sites to further study the uses of unmanned aircraft systems, the controversial machines commonly referred to as drones, school officials said.
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The National Science Board authorized the National Science Foundation to enter into a cooperative agreement with Texas A&M University to continue managing the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and operating its scientific research vessel JOIDES Resolution, considered a premier research vessel for deep-ocean drilling.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The decadeslong effort to create practical superconductors moved a step forward with the discovery at Rice University that two distinctly different iron-based compounds share common mechanisms for moving electrons.
Not everything is bigger these days in Texas, where state highway engineers have developed thinner paving mixes that work better than old-style asphalt coatings, last longer and save the state millions of dollars.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A $75 million Department of Defense grant to improve technologies to treat soldiers injured on the battlefield and advance care for the public will involve bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Computer networking researchers at Rice University have a new idea for how to handle the mountains of data piling up in the labs of their fellow scientists around campus: Create a customized, energy-efficient optical network that can feed rivers of data to Rice’s supercomputers.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Pacemakers, insulin pumps, defibrillators and other implantable medical devices often have wireless capabilities that allow emergency workers to monitor patients. But these devices have a potential downside: They can be hacked.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A new, state-of-the-art laser cutter stands in a room off of the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts’ workshop on the second floor of Sewall Hall. The price tag: $8,000 — a fraction of the cost of a factory-built laser cutter.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The next experiment from Rice University’s Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory (MRSL) could happen on your desktop. The lab’s researchers are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based upon data from five free online games that anyone can play.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—A University of Texas at Austin chemist received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand research modeling “long-time” biological processes down to the last atom.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Buffalo Technology, a provider in design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, incorporated Buffalo Technology Latin America and Buffalo Brazil into its North American organization to form Buffalo Americas Inc.
Texas Business reports: A Rice University laboratory pioneering memory devices that use cheap, plentiful silicon oxide to store data has pushed them a step further with chips that show the technology’s practicality.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Concentric hexagons of graphene grown in a furnace at Rice University represent the first time anyone has synthesized graphene nanoribbons on metal from the bottom up — atom by atom.
Texas Business reports: By creating a small electrical field that removes salts from seawater, chemists at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Marburg in Germany have introduced a new method for the desalination of seawater that consumes less energy and is dramatically simpler than conventional techniques. The new method requires so little energy that it can run on a store-bought battery.
Texas Business reports: A team of UT Arlington researchers has identified two ruthenium-based complexes they believe could pave the way for treatments that control cancer cell growth more effectively and are less toxic for patients than current chemotherapies.
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: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—An innovative method for treating potentially fatal brain aneurysms by filling them with foam-like plastics is a step closer to clinical trials after demonstrating an ability to promote healing at unprecedented levels, said a Texas A&M University researcher who is developing the treatment.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Scientists at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have advanced on the goal of two-dimensional electronics with a method to control the growth of uniform atomic layers of molybdenum disulfide (MDS).
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missile successfully engaged, intercepted and destroyed two different threat representative targets during a flight test this week at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
Texas Business reports: Chemists, biologists and engineers at The University of Texas at El Paso are developing a treatment to remove endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in reclaimed water and drinking water.
Texas Business reports: ROUND ROCK, TexasDell opened its Evergreen Innovation Center located at the company's Austin campus. Building on its existing enterprise offerings, Dell's innovation center is developing future hyperscale data center solutions.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A protein from cow blood has the remarkable ability to keep gold nanoparticles from clumping in a solution. The discovery could lead to improved biomedical applications and contribute to projects that use nanoparticles in harsh environments.
Texas Business reports: ARLINGTON—A University of Texas at Arlington aerospace engineer is developing diagnostic and predictive tools that can aid aircraft manufacturers in analyzing composite structures used to make aircraft safer, faster and more reliable.
Texas Business reports: Is someone from your organization stealing trade secrets and selling them to your competitors? Does your organization struggle with detecting and stopping Internet attacks? Researchers in the UTSA College of Business have received two grants totaling $1 million to help companies better detect insider threats and enhance computer security.
Texas Business reports: Storm Resistant Systems (SR Systems LLC) of Linden, Ala., headed by chief executive Scott Drummond and general manager Steve Zimmerman, blew into College Station in April with a special request.
Texas Business reports: Michael Vasilyev’s goals in his research are simply stated: increase by tenfold the amount of information that can be securely transmitted via the Internet and the distance over which that data can be transmitted.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Visolis, a student-run company from the Indian School of Business, beat 39 teams from top graduate programs around the world to claim the grand prize at the 30th annual Global Venture Labs Investment Competition (GVLIC) held at The University of Texas at Austin earlier this month.
Researchers at The University of Texas are developing technology that may soon allow individuals to be tested for a number of infections and diseases without having to make a trip to the doctor’s office.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—As long as buildings have windows, engineers will fret about how best to keep them clean. Rice University engineering students are no exception and are working on better ways to keep skyscrapers shiny.
AUSTIN — In a nondescript industrial office park in Northeast Austin, a group of hackers works in a sprawling warehouse equipped with cutting edge technologies, plotting the expansion of their organization.
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—In the bizarre world of quantum physics, objects can be in more than one place at a time and future events can change the past. New research involving a Texas A&M University professor makes that microscopic realm even a bit stranger.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON— Researchers from Rice University, DuPont Central Research and Development and Stanford University announced a full-scale field test of an innovative process that gently but quickly destroys some of the world’s most pervasive and problematic pollutants.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A $1.5 million grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation will enable researchers at Rice University to build out the Texas Medical Center’s (TMC) first core laboratory devoted to studying neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to reorganize itself after traumatic injury or neurological disorders.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—In some of the first results from a federally funded initiative to find new ways of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fired power plants, Rice University scientists have found that CO2 can be removed more economically using “waste” heat — low-grade steam that cannot be used to produce electricity.
New material could improve ultrasound technology Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Ultrasound technology could soon experience a significant upgrade that would enable it to produce high-quality, high-resolution images thanks to the development of a new key material by a team of researchers that includes biomedical engineering researcher Vladislav Yakovlev. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Southwest Research Institute and the University of New Hampshire signed a research collaboration agreement enabling the organizations to augment their areas of expertise and seek opportunities in astrophysics, Earth and ocean science, and larger and more complex space science missions.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—A computing center designed by Connecticut’s Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall, opened at the University of Texas at Austin.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital received a $11.3 million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance the development of more effective and less toxic targeted T cell therapies for children and adults with cancer.
Texas Business reports: A $7.5 million gift from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments to The University of Texas at Arlington will support one of the most significant installments of advanced scientific equipment in the United States, propelling the University to new heights of discovery and innovation.
A new inhalable drug therapy developed by an Austin startup, Savara Inc., could improve the lives of thousands of cystic fibrosis patients. If it wins Food and Drug Administration approval, the antibiotic powder called AeroVanc might help an estimated one-fourth of those who have the incurable disease, which causes progressive lung damage. They have few options to rid their lungs of a drug-resistant bacterium.
Texas Business reports: GALVESTON, Texas—1 Just as truck drivers want to know about road conditions and airline pilots are concerned with foggy skies, ship captains have an urgent need to know about wave heights – as do surfers and others who spend time on the seas and shores.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—C. Grant Willson, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the Japan Prize, an international award similar to the Nobel Prize, for his development of a process that is now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips in the world.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Rice University scientists have taken an important step toward the creation of two-dimensional electronics with a process to make patterns in atom-thick layers that combine a conductor and an insulator.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Biologist Sara Sawyer and her colleagues have found a novel way to engineer key cells of the immune system so they remain resistant to infection from HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. entered into an agreement with an undisclosed U.S.-based company to assess the feasibility and optimal uses of SES' gasification technology for the production of valuable 'green' chemicals.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN— XBiotech, a privately held biotechnology company, has been granted Fast Track designation by the FDA for its therapeutic monoclonal antibody MABp1 (CV-18C3) as a treatment to reduce the need for re-intervention after superficial femoral artery (SFA) revascularization.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Plasmonic gold nanoparticles make pinpoint heating on demand possible. Now Rice University researchers have found a way to selectively heat diverse nanoparticles that could advance their use in medicine and industry.
Texas Business reports: A new material structure predicted at Rice University offers the tantalizing possibility of a signal path smaller than the nanowires for advanced electronics now under development at Rice and elsewhere.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Big data Platform-as-a-Service provider Infochimps announced the Infochimps Enterprise Cloud, a network of big data-focused data centers and system integrators, which, combined with its big data cloud services, allows enterprises to quickly and simply deploy elastic big data solutions in public, virtual private and private clouds.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—OpenStax College has published College Physics, the first iBooks textbook that is based on a free, open-source textbook from Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College. The open-education resources (OER) publisher said it plans to create iBooks textbook versions of additional textbooks for heavily attended college courses from its growing catalog.
Texas Business reports: Global demand for underground resources, such as oil and natural gas, is forecast to climb significantly in the years to come. To keep up with increasing needs, well stimulation techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) are becoming more and more important.
Texas Business reports: Serendipity proved to be a key ingredient for the latest nanoparticles discovered at Rice University. The new “lava dot” particles were discovered accidentally when researchers stumbled upon a way of using molten droplets of metal salt to make hollow, coated versions of a nanotech staple called quantum dots.
Texas Business reports: A University of Texas at Arlington physics professor has helped create a hybrid nanomaterial that can be used to convert light and thermal energy into electrical current, surpassing earlier methods that used either light or thermal energy, but not both.
Rice unveils super-efficient solar-energy technology Texas Business reports: Rice University scientists have unveiled a revolutionary new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. The new “solar steam” method from Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics is so effective it can even produce steam from icy cold water. Details of the solar steam method were published online today in ACS Nano. The technology’s inventors said they expect it will first be used in sanitation and water-purification applications in the developing world.
Antenna-on-a-chip rips the light fantastic Texas Business reports: A Rice University lab produces a micron-scale spatial light modulator like those used in sensing and imaging devices, but with the potential to run orders of magnitude faster.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—XBiotech, a privately held biotechnology company, announced positive interim analysis results today from a Phase II study using a True Human monoclonal antibody (MABp1) in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON and McGregor, Texas—A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 2:22 p.m. CDT Sunday a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico.
Texas Business reports: The University of Texas System Board of Regents allocated $7.5 million from the Permanent University Fund toward the formation of the Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington, a $25.2 million endeavor that will transform research capabilities and STEM education throughout the UT System and Texas.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN-Yip Yap Inc., founded by first-time inventors and parents of four, Angela and Michael Smith, today introduces Pipsqueak, the only Bluetooth mobile phone designed for children 3-years-old and older with affordability, durability and children's safety in mind.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON––The nascent industry of carbon-based nanomanufacturing will benefit from a new cooperative venture between scientists at Rice University and its Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md.
Texas Business reports: ARLINGTON—Professor Bob Woods recalls the day 25 years ago that he stopped by the A.E. Petsche Co. in search of high-tech wire for the vehicles his engineering students were designing through the UT Arlington formula racing program.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Glass is strong enough for so much: windshields, buildings and many other things that need to handle high stress without breaking. But scientists who look at the structure of glass strictly by the numbers believe some of the latest methods from the microelectronics and nanotechnology industry could produce glass that’s about twice as strong as the best available today.
Texas Business reports: A research team led by Diego Donzis, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, received $2.2 million by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to study the complex interaction of turbulent flows in the presence of thermal non-equilibrium.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—University of Texas at Austin physicists won a U.S. patent for an invention that could someday be used to turn nuclear waste into fuel, thus removing the most dangerous forms of waste from the fuel cycle.
Texas Business reports: WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1.2 million grant to the University of Texas at Austin through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The grant will help fund research on testing chemicals that impact fertility and embryonic development and on developing a model to classify chemicals according to the risks they pose.
Rice University research scientist Arava Leela Mohana Reddy holds strips of anode material and a piece of waste silicon (at left). Researchers at Rice and in Belgium found a way to recycle silicon into flexible anodes for lithium-ion batteries.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Researchers at Rice University and the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, developed a way to make flexible components for rechargeable lithium-ion (LI) batteries from discarded silicon.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The University of Texas at Austin won an $18.5 million grant to be disbursed over the next five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create and lead a nanosystems engineering research center.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Researchers from Rice University unveiled a new multi-antenna technology that could help wireless providers keep pace with the voracious demands of data-hungry smartphones and tablets. The technology aims to dramatically increase network capacity by allowing cell towers to simultaneously beam signals to more than a dozen customers on the same frequency.
Texas Business reports: Health care services have always been in high demand, and costly. With the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, physician demand in the United States is expected to increase as health coverage is extended to more Americans.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—What comes naturally to most people – to think and then do – is difficult for stroke patients who have lost the full use of their limbs. New research by Rice University, the University of Houston (UH) and TIRR Memorial Hermann aims to help victims recover that ability to the fullest extent possible with a $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the President’s National Robotics Initiative (NRI).
Texas Business reports: The Texas Department of Transportation awarded a $1.12 million grant to a UT Arlington civil engineering professor to determine the durability of recycled materials for use in road construction.
Texas Business reports: Before the Tarrant Regional Water District builds and buries a 150-mile pipeline that will stretch from Lake Benbrook to Lake Palestine in East Texas, it must ensure that the soil that surrounding the mammoth line will remain stable for decades to come.
Texas Business reports: DENTON—Researchers at the University of North Texas announced an online gaming competition that will allow the public to compete for prizes while also helping advance the development of next generation electronics.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Rice University’s low-cost, student-designed device that helps newborns in respiratory distress is one of three projects nominated this month to receive a grant of up to $2 million from the Saving Lives at Birth partners to speed deployment of the technology in Malawi in southern Africa.
Texas Business reports: California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), which tests and develop its rocket engines in McGregor, Texas, won a $440 million contract with NASA to develop the successor to the Space Shuttle and transport American astronauts into space.
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—A proposal on novel vehicular natural gas storage led by Texas A&M University chemist Hongcai Joe Zhou is one of 13 selected nationwide to share in a total of $30 million awarded through the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to ignite American natural gas energy research and identify new ways to capitalize on the country's vast related reserves.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with colleagues in Taiwan and China, have developed the world’s smallest semiconductor laser, a breakthrough for emerging photonic technology with applications from computing to medicine.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A $1 million INSPIRE award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Rice University will fund research on how bacterial decision-making occurs at the molecular level.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—It's theoretically possible to produce about 500 times as much energy from algae fuels as is needed to grow the fuels, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.
Toughened silicon sponges may make tenacious batteries Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin reported this month that they’ve found a way to make multiple high-performance anodes from a single silicon wafer. The process uses simple silicon to replace graphite as an element in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, laying the groundwork for longer-lasting, more powerful batteries for such applications as commercial electronics and electric vehicles.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Stakeholders from around the state met this week to gather resources for the possibility of Corpus Christi becoming a hub for the burgeoning technology of commercial and public Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) use.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—UT Austin Villa, a team of computer science students led by professor Peter Stone, won two 2012 Robot Soccer World Cup division championships during RoboCup 2012 in Mexico City.
Texas Business reports: Kelly Nash, assistant professor in the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Benjamin Furman, a research engineer in the Southwest Research Institute Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division, have been selected to receive $200,000 in seed funding for their collaborative research proposal, “Photoresponsive Polymeric Composites Utilizing UV-Light Harvesting from Upconverting Nanoplatelets.”
Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Maxim Integrated Products Inc., a Fortune 1000 semiconductor company headquartered in Silicon Valley, will invest approximately $65 million to expand its semiconductor fabrication facility (fab) in San Antonio.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with Row 44, is taking the next step in wireless inflight entertainment with a preview of live TV on five of the carrier's aircraft, with plans to expand to 20 aircraft by mid-July.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—San Francisco’s Digital Realty Trust Inc., a provider of data center solutions, completed the acquisition of 8025 North Interstate 35, a 62,000-square-foot data center facility located in Austin, Texas.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—At the right temperature, with the right catalyst, there’s no reason a perfect single-walled carbon nanotube 50,000 times thinner than a human hair can’t be grown a meter long.
Texas Business reports: Two University of Texas at Arlington aerospace engineering professors have been awarded a three-year, $640,000 NASA National Research Award to study novel injector designs to support combustion at hypersonic speeds, work aimed at reducing air travel times and making space access affordable.
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.