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: AUSTIN - Nearly 1,200 loaded trucks are needed to bring just one gas well into production— the traffic equivalent to roughly 8 million cars.
Increased energy exploration and production activity throughout the state means more impacts to state highways, leaving the Texas Department of Transportaion with immediate and long-term infrastructure concerns that need to be addressed.
TxDOT recently formed a work group to study the situation and plan to join with representatives of the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Railroad Commission, counties and the energy sector to find ways to address the issue.
“The energy sector is critically important to the state,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director in a prepared statement. “TxDOT will work closely with industry and state and local officials to address any impacts on infrastructure and continue our efforts to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas.”
The multi-agency task force will focus on gathering data and sharing information with statewide transportation partners to study the impact these trucks are having on the state’s roadways. The task force is challenged with developing long-term funding strategies and plans to address infrastructure concerns well into the future.
“The energy resources being produced in these areas are vital to the state for a number of reasons,” said Fred Underwood, member of the Texas Transportation Commission. "Besides being a fuel source for citizens, these oil, gas and wind energy resources are necessary to keep Texas economically strong and vital."
TxDOT will use the information gathered by this task force to support the work of the Legislature on interim charges focused on oversize/overweight vehicles and the energy industry.
The work group plans to convene its first meeting in April with key stakeholders.
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