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: DENVER & SIERRA BLANCA, Texas—Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp., a rare earths mineral exploration and development company, announced Anthony Marchese has stepped down as the non-executive chairman of the board of Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp.
As the company is moving towards an operational focus on its Round Top Mountain project with the anticipated release of a preliminary economic assessment on the project later this month, Marchese and the board of directors decided the non-executive chairman of the board should have experience in mineral project operations.
Marchese continues to serve as a director of the company.
The board appointed James Graham, an independent director of the board, as interim non-executive chairman of the board, to run board operations while the board searches for a permanent non-executive chairman of the board. Graham was appointed as a director in April 2011.
Graham currently serves as the chief executive officer of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Consulting providing services for the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle. He has an extensive career in the minerals and mining industry including mining in potash, coal, gold, and uranium. Graham's experience covers evaluation, acquisition, design and construction, operation, management, and trouble-shooting for various types of properties and facilities.
He served as president and chief executive officer of ConverDyn, a partnership between Honeywell International and General Atomics, and was a senior vice president of General Atomics and responsible for the company's nuclear fuel cycle activities. He also served as chief executive officer and president of Total S.A.'s North American mining entities which included coal operations plus uranium operations and gold activities. Graham received his bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering in 1970 from Michigan Technological University.
Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp.'s primary focus is exploring and developing its Round Top rare earth minerals project. The Round Top project is located in Hudspeth County, Texas, 85 miles east of El Paso, Texas.
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