Best Texas Songs: The Short List If you're new to Texas, you better know Texas music. If you grew up in Texas and you don't know at least these or Pat Green, Dixie Chicks or T Bone Burnett, may a horned toad snuggle in your boots and a Texas tarantula crawl across you when you sleep. Full Story » Alan Nelson
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
Five toddler-sized robots shuffle toward the net, pursuing a red sphere slightly larger than a baseball, intent on pushing it across the goal line. A few stumble, some veer away. But one persistent player taps the ball just far enough – goal!
Texas Business reports: The Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) will advance $2.2 million to the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wind Energy Center for a collaborative project that brings together researchers from universities across the state to develop and increase the capacity of offshore wind energy technology, and help bring it to market.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The University of Texas System Board of Regents Friday authorized UT Austin to spend $50 million in research reserves to participate in building the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will be the world’s largest telescope when it’s completed in 2020.
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.
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