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.
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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—United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) started daily scheduled passenger service between Texas and Africa with new nonstop flights between Houston and Lagos, Nigeria.
The service, operated by Continental Airlines, links the two energy capitals on a route which no other airline currently serves.
“The new flights offer convenient nonstop access to Lagos for travelers from Houston's vibrant energy sector and large Nigerian community, reducing roundtrip travel time between the two cities by more than six hours,” said Jim Compton, United's executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “In addition, our Houston hub provides fast and easy connections from destinations across the U.S., and throughout Canada and Latin America.”
Flight 142 departs Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport at 7:05 p.m. and arrives at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at 1:40 p.m. the following day. On the return, flight 143 departs Lagos at 11:05 p.m., and arrives in Houston at 5:25 a.m. the following day. Flying times are approximately 11 hours, 35 minutes eastbound and 13 hours, 20 minutes westbound.
The flights will operate using Boeing 777 aircraft with a total of 276 seats -- 50 in BusinessFirst and 226 in Economy. The 777 aircraft feature new, flat-bed seats in the BusinessFirst cabin. The seat, reclining 180 degrees and providing 6 feet 6 inches of sleeping space in the fully extended position, is one of the widest business-class seats in the air, measuring up to 27 inches when the adjustable armrest is positioned flush with the seat cushion.
In addition to the flat-bed seat, BusinessFirst amenities include a personal inflight entertainment system, gourmet menu selections, with Nigerian cuisine options on westbound flights, and a wine and champagne selection.
Economy class on the 777 is in a 3-3-3 seating configuration with wider-than-usual aisles. All seats on the Boeing 777 feature an Audio/Video On Demand (AVOD) inflight entertainment system, which enables customers to choose from 250 movies, 300 TV shows and 3,000 audio tracks with a jukebox feature to make individual playlists. In addition, this entertainment system has 25 video games and the interactive Berlitz Word Traveler foreign language program. All seat rows are equipped with in-seat power outlets, which do not require an adapter.
Lagos is the economic, commercial and cultural center of Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa. The metropolitan area, an estimated 300 square kilometers located on the Atlantic coast of Africa, is a group of islands endowed with creeks and a lagoon. Lagos is Nigeria's leading port, particularly for imports of consumer goods, foodstuffs, motor vehicles, machinery and industrial raw materials, with more than half of Nigeria's industrial capacity located in Lagos's mainland suburbs.
United Continental Holdings Inc. is the holding company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines.
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