Thursday, 21 April 2011



Mileage of the Beetle and drag reducer have been significantly increased by lowering rolling resistance of the car's tires. Currently, mileage is close to 65 miles per gallon at 65 miles per hour.

This car is now about as good as it gets. Further steps available to reach even higher fuel economy are:

1. Adding an electric drive (e.g., hybrid conversion)
2. Redesign the car body for lowest drag
3. Incorporate an improved engine.

I am beginning to work on all of these. These steps are much harder than the past modifications to the Beetle. I hope to be able to report on progress later this year.

Ernie Rogers

Monday, 11 April 2011

MPG Update

I changed fuel in the last few weeks. Currently, I am using Philips diesel from the North Salt Lake Refinery, used in this intermountain region. I seem to have better mileage with this fuel, now getting 62 mpg.

This is a point for reflection-- what further change in driving or car properties should I make to increase my mileage a little more? Any suggestions?

Ernie Rogers

Friday, 8 April 2011

How to Get Cancer Move to the United States

From: Live Science

he risk of cancer for Hispanics living in Florida is 40 percent higher than for those who live in their native countries, a puzzling new study finds.

The finding holds even after researchers corrected for the increase detection rates in the United States. And access to health care

did not make things better.

"This suggests that changes in their environment and lifestyles make them more prone to develop cancer," said Dr. Paulo S. Pinheiro, a researcher in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Cancers of the colon and rectum among Cubans and Mexicans who moved to the United States was more than double that in Cuba and Mexico. Lung cancer among Mexican and Puerto Rican women living in Florida was also double the rates in their countries of origin.

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