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 – Narrow germplasm base and limited technology have made it difficult for cotton researchers to identify specific DNA markers needed to locate genes that confer desirable traits. But that’s no longer the case.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 1:26 pm
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.
Full Story » Roy Varney for Reporting Texas. - Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 2:10 pm
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Those who consider pecan pie a -must for Thanksgiving won’t be disappointed this year as the quality of Texas pecans will be high, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:04 am
In economic terms, you could say Texas sports are one of the most brutal market demostrations.
I doubt you've read anything about it. Despite the rise of affluent state UIL, university, and high school PR professionals, the numbers of sports writers in this state that work for news organizations took a nose dive along with the rest of the reporting staffs.
Full Story » Alan Nelson - Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:04 am
Teas Business reports: Retail sales grew in October, according to business executives responding to the Texas Retail Outlook Survey. However, the sales index fell from 16.5 to 7.9, suggesting slower growth. Inventories rose.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:03 am
Texas Business reports: Growth in Texas service sector activity slowed in October, according to business executives responding to the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey. The revenue index, a key measure of state service sector conditions, remained positive but dipped from 8.9 to 5.3.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:57 pm
Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity picked up further in October, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose from 11.5 to 13.3, suggesting output increased at a slightly faster pace than in September.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7:49 am
Texas county jails spent more than $156.6 million housing more than 131,000 undocumented immigrants with federal detainers between October 2011 and September 2013, according to state jail commission data.
Full Story » Brandi Grissom for the Texas Tribune - Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 3:44 pm
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – With such deep blue flowers that it was almost named ‘Cobalt,’ the newest Texas Superstar, Lady Bird Johnson Royal Blue bluebonnet, has some other extraordinary features as well, say Texas A&M horticulturists.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 10:02 am
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Though much of the state remained under severe drought, rainfall during the last two weeks shrank the areas of extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and reports from Texas A&M extension service personnel throughout the state.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:00 pm
Texas Business reports: Texas factory activity expanded in September, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose from 7.3 to 11.5, suggesting output increased at a slightly faster pace than in August.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 2:50 pm
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – There are always winners and losers from storm systems in Texas, but last week practically everyone in agriculture won, according to a Texas A&M extension service agronomist.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 4:22 pm
Texas Business reports: Short-term indicators sent conflicting signals in July and August. Forecasts for growth are lower than desired, and housing, labor and business market data are disappointing. But there are encouraging data as well, and brighter medium-term evidence suggests that the weakness is likely a deviation from an upward trend.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:58 am
Texas Business reports: Regional economic activity rose at a slightly faster pace during the past six weeks. Employment growth picked up in July, and the August reading of the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey (TSSOS) suggested a pickup in activity, particularly in the retail sector. Export growth was robust in July after pausing in June, and energy activity strengthened.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013 4:18 pm
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—While Hurricane Ingrid has been a terrible, destructive houseguest in eastern Mexico, Texas Winter Garden growers would have welcomed her with open arms, said a Texas A&M extension service horticulturist.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:33 am
Texas Business reports: The state of Texas plans to give $3 million through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) to create the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology in collaboration with the Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Full Story » TexasBusiness.com - Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 1:53 pm
Jose Lopez is rarely surprised when a sheriff's deputy pulls up to the battery warehouse he manages. Law enforcement officials are frequent visitors to Tri-State Battery Supply in Longview, which has become an ally in a crackdown on thefts of equipment in East Texas’ slice of the lucrative Haynesville Shale.
Full Story » Jim Malewitz for the Texas Tribune - Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 5:45 pm
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