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, 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.
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—The Texas A&M System won a contract to develop one of three U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing.
Texas Business reports: When Luis Echegoyen joined The University of Texas at El Paso in 2010 as the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, one of his goals was to put together a multidisciplinary team of researchers who were interested in developing high-efficiency photovoltaic systems.
AUSTIN — Leonardo da Vinci toiled over human and animal bodies 700 years ago, slowly dissecting and analyzing them, with now-antiquated methods he pioneered to advance medical understanding. Today, Leonardo’s name is synonymous with a cutting-edge technology, the da Vinci robotic surgery system, that is fast-forwarding surgical procedures and how young doctors learn about medicine.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine will receive up to $6.2 million over five years from the National Institute Of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to develop a vaccine for severe acute respiratory syndrome, commonly called SARS.
After 43 years in the hunt, George Bittner, professor of neurobiology at the University of Texas at Austin, believes he’s on the verge of a major breakthrough in nerve repair that could potentially cure paralysis in humans.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Researchers have unveiled an “inexact” computer chip that challenges the industry’s 50-year pursuit of accuracy. The design improves power and resource efficiency by allowing for occasional errors.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Instead of building a better mousetrap, a team of Rice University freshmen took a mousetrap and built a better way to treat dehydration among children in the developing world.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Pulmotect Inc., a Houston-based biotechnology company, received $7.1 million from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to advance its product, PUL-042, which offers the promise of better protecting patients receiving chemotherapy from infection, allowing for significantly higher treatment success.
Texas Business reports: University of Texas at Arlington researchers have obtained a patent for a device aimed at saving babies’ lives through improved and rapid detection of breathing problems including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Texas Business reports: Two mechanical engineering professors at The University of Texas at El Paso have received a grant worth nearly $400,000 from the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Aruba Networks Inc. announced that Texas A&M University is in the process of replacing its legacy Cisco wireless network with a campus-wide Aruba 802.11n mobile network based on the Aruba Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture.
Texas Business reports: GALVESTON—Birmingham’s Southern Research will collaborate with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to develop and validate a high-volume, high-throughput screening platform in their Galveston National Laboratory (GNL).
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems completed wind tunnel testing of a scale model of the Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle in the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Texas Business reports: A University of Texas at Arlington multi-disciplinary team received a $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build artificial nanopores made of silicon that can detect “bad molecules” as a very early indication of cancer and other diseases.
Texas Business reports: TEMPLE—McLane Advanced Technologies (MAT) announced that as the subcontractor to SAIC, the company was awarded a contract by the Software Engineering Center (SEC-Lee) for Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE).
Texas Business reports: Comic book hero superpowers may be one step closer to reality after the latest technological feats made by researchers at UT Dallas. They have designed an imager chip that could turn mobile phones into devices that can see through walls, wood, plastics, paper and other objects.
Two-Dimensional Boron May Transform Electronics Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—When is nothing really something? When it leads to a revelation about boron, an element with worlds of unexplored potential.Researchers at Rice University explore the potential forms of atom-thick boron sheets and find they could have electronic advantages over graphene. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The 2012 Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) crowned NuMat Technologies from Northwestern University as the world champion startup company for its invention of a nanomaterial that can store gases just like a sponge soaks up water.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Biometric Signature ID Inc. (BSI), developers of patented gesture biometrics software for Identity authentication over the Internet, closed a Series A financing with Mohegan Biometrics LLC, a subsidiary of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Undergraduate students at Rice University have come up with what they hope will prove to be a better and safer version of cervical collars to stabilize the heads and necks of accident victims.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH, TX & HUNT VALLEY, MD—Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems operating unit AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, both Textron Inc. companies, have teamed to develop a Manned Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability Development Laboratory in Huntsville, AL. to enable a software and hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) development test capability using operationally relevant systems specific to manned unmanned teaming.
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