Toyota Prius has the best gas mileage of any car Consumer Reports has ever tested

May 27, 2016 by  
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While the green car industry has been obsessed with the latest electric cars  ( Tesla Model 3 , anyone?) some mainstays like the Toyota Prius hybrid continue to shine outside of the limelight. Case in point:  Consumer Reports  just revealed that the all-new 2016 Prius recorded the best gas mileage of any car in the publication’s history! With a combined 52 mpg rating, the Prius outperforms any other hybrid on the market without a plug. Last year, Consumer Reports recorded a combined rating of 44 mpg with the last generation Prius, so an 8 mpg improvement is significant. Thanks to its more aerodynamic body and more powerful battery, the all-new Prius also achieved a 59 mpg rating in a 65 mph test. Of course the 59 mpg rating is nothing compared to the MPGe rating that some electric cars and plug-in hybrids get, but the Prius is still the best conventional hybrid you can buy if you’re not quite ready to make the switch to a vehicle with a plug. Related: Toyota’s new Prius Prime has the world’s highest MPGe for a plug-in hybrid If you are ready to switch to a plug-in hybrid, Toyota recently revealed the 2017 Prius Prime , which can now travel up to 22 miles in fully electric mode. Toyota also announced that the Prius Prime will have the highest MPGe rating of any plug-in hybrid with an estimated 120 MPGe rating. + Consumer Reports

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‘Nightmare’ bacteria found in the U.S. resists all known antibiotics

May 27, 2016 by  
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Last November researchers in China discovered a strain of bacteria that resisted all forms of antibiotics – including the ” last-resort drug ” colistin. Now, government officials have found the first case of an antibiotic-resistant superbug in the United States. A 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania went to the doctor for symptoms akin to a urinary tract infection, however the ailment did not respond to antibiotics . She had not traveled during the five months before her infection. Doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center obtained samples and tested them, finding they did not respond to colistin. They released a study detailing the drug-resistant bacteria. Related: Antibiotic resistant bugs could kill 10 million people each year by 2050 The bacteria doesn’t respond to drugs because of a particular gene called mcr-1. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), mcr-1 “exists on a plasmid,” or a bit of DNA, and plasmids can travel between bacterium. The bacteria found in the woman had actually been infected with mcr-1 via a plasmid. Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas Frieden said , “The more we look at drug resistance, the more concerned we are. The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients. It is the end of the road for antibiotics unless we act urgently. We risk being in a post-antibiotic world.” According to Reuters , both feeding antibiotics to livestock and over-prescription have contributed to the dilemma we face. Between 30 to 50 percent of antibiotics given by doctors to patients are either needless or incorrectly prescribed. Further, drug companies haven’t been willing to shell out money for research on better antibiotics because they can make more money on drugs that combat cancer or uncommon diseases. Reuters reports that in the United States, 23,000 people already die due to antibiotic resistance every year. Last year President Obama released the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, at which point the HHS said that it has been studying antibiotic resistance and is undertaking a ” coordinated public health response .” According to HHS and the USDA, a few ways to avoid antibiotic resistant bacteria are to thoroughly wash hands and produce, and properly cook all fish, meat, and poultry to kill bacteria. Via Reuters Images via V on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Check out leaked photos of Toyota’s all-new 2016 Prius

September 2, 2015 by  
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Toyota is going to officially reveal the all-new fourth-generation 2016 Toyota Prius next week at an event in Las Vegas , but thanks to an early leak we now have our first peek at the new Prius. Heavily influenced by the Mirai fuel-cell vehicle, the all-new Prius aims to regain some of the market share that it has lost in the last few years with an all-new platform and an even more efficient powertrain. Read the rest of Check out leaked photos of Toyota’s all-new 2016 Prius

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The all-new 2016 Toyota Prius will debut on September 8

August 21, 2015 by  
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It’s hard to believe that the current Toyota Prius has been on the market for almost seven years, but an all-new Prius is just around the corner. Toyota has confirmed that the next-generation 2016 Toyota Prius is going to debut next month in Las Vegas. What can we expect from the all-new Prius? Toyota has yet to release the big details about the new car, but we do know that it will keep its familiar shape and should top the current model’s 50 mpg rating. Read the rest of The all-new 2016 Toyota Prius will debut on September 8

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