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  • Quote:" CERN is the organization that invented the World Wide Web, that built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, and that has now built a pristinely clean stainless steel chamber that precisely recreated the Earth’s atmosphere.

    In this chamber, 63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have done what global warming doomsayers said could never be done — demonstrate that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, the cloudier and thus cooler it will be. Because the sun’s magnetic field controls how many cosmic rays reach Earth’s atmosphere (the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays from space), the sun determines the temperature on Earth."

    // More right-wing conspiracy.

  • Quote:"Trevor Plouffe air-mailed a throw to first base over the weekend, but for the most part he's looked much improved at shortstop while subbing for the injured Tsuyoshi Nishioka. However, the destruction of Triple-A pitching that got him recalled to Minnesota hasn't shown up yet, as Plouffe has batted just .250/.293/.411 with an ugly 30-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 34 games since rejoining the Twins in mid-July

    // Yes, I suppose it's a little disappointing that Plouffe has not had a .900 OPS playing PT this season. But, even with a bad OBP, his overall OPS of .704 isn't bad, especially compared to Nishioka, who has been about as bad with the glove and has a .498 OPS. Oh, and in the previous chunk, Gleeman says "So far the Twins have used 16 players who weren't on the Opening Day roster … Seven are hitters and they've combined for 20% of the lineup's playing time while hitting .232/.281/.323 in 1,018 plate appearances." Plouffe's OPS is 100 points higher than that. Not bad.