“If Europe is serious about meeting the 2012 target,” says a Citibank analysis, “it has to encourage small cars, and discourage large ones.” It adds that this means expected growth in the SUV, sports cars and luxury car sectors will have to be “choked off”.The differing effects of legislation on different manufacturers will make it hard to find one common approach to reducing emissions.“The motor industry’s common position has broken down,” concludes the bank. “It’s likely to get ugly.”From Fiat to Volvo – how the car brands compare on C02Car brand (average CO2 emissions in 2005 (grams per kilometre)Fiat 139 European car industry organisation ACEA accused the Commission of hiding the true price of binding targets by leaving ECCP estimates out of its published assessment.But T&E, an environmental pressure group specialising in transport issues, says that the assessments were both based on outdated assumptions.The Commission says it is now working on a definitive impact assessment to accompany a proposal for legislation, not expected before the end of this year.EU industry analysts are also doing their best to work out what CO2 emission caps would mean for carmakers. An analysis by US bank Citibank says future legislation would give manufacturers producing small cars an advantage over those focusing on larger models. Fiat, Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroën in particular could see their profits rise, while BMW and DaimlerChrysler would start to lose money, at least in the short-term.Citibank singles out the Porsche Cayenne sports utility vehicle (SUV) as a model for which a CO2 cap in Europe would be “disastrous”. Opel/Vauxhall 156 Volkswagen 159 Toyota 163 Suzuki 165 Honda 166 Hyundai 170 Volvo 195 Source: T&E Germany has led countries arguing that binding targets would be too expensive for the European automotive industry, forcing investments and jobs out of the EU.A Commission impact assessment published this month said that hitting the 120g/km target could cost Europe up to €23 billion. An earlier draft impact assessment produced by the Commission’s European Climate Change Programme (ECCP) said the costs could run up to €60bn. Kia 170 Nissan 172 Audi 177 Mazda 177 Mercedes-Benz 185 BMW 192 Citroen 144 Renault 149 Seat 150 Ford 151 Peugeot 151 Skoda 152
In order to get to the comfort desired for the bike, OPEN opted for an integrated seat mast approach with a vert skinny 25mm diameter. Thanks to the lack of seat post/seat tube overlap, and the thinner profile that extends all the way to the saddle, OPEN claims this design is much better in terms of comfort.However, you do have to cut it to fit which gives you 15mm of adjustment after the cut. If you adhere to the ‘Measure Once Cut Twice design’ principle, then OPEN offers their MOCT saddle clamp which gives you 15-35mm of adjustment, which may come in handy if you ever want to sell the bike to someone with longer legs. The Ritchey saddle rail clamp includes side plates for standard round and oval carbon rails as well.Giving it what they refer to as ‘New Road Handling,” the MIN.D geometry started as a steel test mule with adjustable dropouts and headtube angles. Sold in four sizes, most use a 72.5° head tube angle and a 73.5° seat tube angle, 71mm BB drop, and a fit that is somewhere between racer and full comfort road.Offered in a single stock Midnight Blue color, the framesets are also available in their popular RTP or Ready To Paint Option – which allows you to create your own custom finish design with a painter of your choice.OPEN frames usually command a premium price, and this one is no different. The frameset is priced at $3,600 and includes the frame and fork, a headset, seat tube top clamp, rail clamp, thru-axles, 2 RD hangers, 2 MultiStops (Di2, eTap), cable exit stop, noise-reduction foam sleeves, bottle cage bolts, and manual. Available for pre-order now, framesets will begin shipping in July 2020.opencycle.com Up front, the new R-Turn fork brings their U-Turn fork design to the pure road segment. OPEN’s Smartmount system allows for the use of 160mm rotors without any adapters, meaning the caliper bolts directly to the fork. That means you can’t run 140mm rotors, but OPEN says you should be running 160mm anyway given the better braking performance with minimal weight penalty. The same system is used for the rear brake mount as well.The full carbon fork uses a tapered steerer with a Cane Creek Integrated IS42/28.6 upper, and OPEN-Custom integrated IS47/38 headset lower headset. With an uncut steerer, the fork has a 335g claimed weight. Running 100 x 12 and 142 x 12 thru Carbon-Ti thru axles at each end, the frame offers clearance for up to 32mm tires on modern, wide rims for added comfort. A BB386EVO pressfit bottom bracket is found, and the frame has provisions for 1x mechanical, 2x mechanical (Shimano only), and Di2, eTap, and EPS drivetrains. When you think of the classic road bike, what do you picture in your mind? With an OPEN MIN.D, you end up with something with classic road bike lines, but modern performance and fitments. Something OPEN refers to as MINimal Design, or MIN.D.OPEN has made their mark on the world of cycling with bikes that can accept large tires and occupy the sort of all road/gravel and true off-road spectrum of bike design, but the company’s founders Andy Kessler & Gerard Vroomen have a deep road cycling background from their time at Cervélo and BMC. While gravel is certainly an exciting new world, they mention that they will always have the road bike bug. So the OPEN MIN.D was sort of the answer to what kind of road bike would they want to ride? It’s hard to beat the classic lines of traditional road bikes, but the final product needed modern pure road performance without sacrificing comfort.The resulting bike offers what they refer to as Minimal Design – a light weight, sleek road frame that offers comfort without resorting to “gimmicks”, with a “restrained appearance, that underneath is all business.” OPEN claims that for medium frame only with paint, uncut seat mast, and without metal parts, you can expect a respectable weight of 870g.
NPR:Five states are voting this fall on whether marijuana should be legal, like alcohol, for recreational use. That has sparked questions about what we know — and don’t know — about marijuana’s effect on the brain.Research is scarce. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug. That classification puts up barriers to conducting research on it, including a cumbersome DEA approval application and a requirement that scientists procure very specific marijuana plants.One long-term study in New Zealand compared the IQs of people at age 13 and then through adolescence and adulthood to age 38. Those who used pot heavily from adolescence onward showed an average 8 percent drop in IQ. People who never smoked, by contrast, showed slightly increased IQ.…Jackson and Joshua Isen, now an assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Alabama, conducted a study comparing IQ tests of twins age 9 to 12, before either had smoked marijuana, and then seven to 10 years later, after one had started.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
The Baltimore Orioles have announced their initial 60-man player pool list, the Orioles announced today. With the MLB looking like it is going to play a 60 game season starting late in July many rules have been adjusted. It will be interesting to see how teams go about playing this shortened season and having tweaks to the roster. Here is the Orioles press release. ORIOLES ANNOUNCE INITIAL 60-MAN PLAYER POOL LIST The Orioles today announced the initial list of 44 players to their 60-man Major League Player Pool. Additional players will be added to the list in the coming days. The 44-man list includes 18 right-handed pitchers, eight left-handed pitchers, four catchers, 10 infielders, and four outfielders. A complete list of the Orioles initial Player Pool list is below: PITCHERS (26) RHP Shawn Armstrong LHP Ty Blach* LHP Richard Bleier RHP Cody Carroll RHP Miguel Castro RHP Alex Cobb RHP Thomas Eshelman* LHP Paul Fry RHP Mychal Givens RHP Eric Hanhold* RHP Hunter Harvey RHP David Hess RHP Branden Kline* LHP Wade LeBlanc* RHP Travis Lakins, Sr. LHP John Means LHP Tommy Milone* LHP Tanner Scott RHP Chandler Shepherd* RHP Kohl Stewart RHP Cole Sulser RHP Dillon Tate RHP Cesar Valdez* RHP Hector Velázquez RHP Asher Wojciechowski LHP Rob Zastryzny* CATCHERS (4) Bryan Holaday* Pedro Severino Chance Sisco Austin Wynns INFIELDERS (10) Hanser Alberto Chris Davis Dilson Herrera* José Iglesias Richie Martin Renato Núñez Rio Ruiz Pat Valaika* Andrew Velazquez Stevie Wilkerson* OUTFIELDERS (4) Austin Hays Anthony Santander Dwight Smith, Jr. DJ Stewart *Indicates Non-Roster Invitee Additionally, INF/OF TREY MANCINI (colorectal cancer recovery/treatment) has been placed on the 60-day Injured List. The 40-man roster currently has 38 players.Please follow and like us: