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Little more than a decade from now, one of the world's great arid plains will become a bustling intersection of high-resolution astronomy and high-powered computing. Scrub land in either South Africa or Australia will host the biggest telescope ever.

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A perforated plastic sheet carried into space in a microsatellite could serve as a cheap alternative space telescope, according to researchers at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The devices would sift photons like spaceborne cheesecloths.

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Genetically modified pigs that excrete less waste may be euthanized before they could be slaughtered for human consumption, says a report out of Canada. The herd of Enviropigs, which digest their feed more efficiently, just lost their funding.

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