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Thursday’s Science Corner: Voyager Says Good-bye, A Rare White Humpback, And More

While it isn’t all that rare to find albino animals in nature it is apparently pretty rare to discover that there is an albino humpback whale out there, let alone get pictures and video of it. Oh and it seems that Voyager I has left our universe, for real this time, and entered interstellar space.

Those are only a couple of the news bits from the world of science for you to marvel at so let’s get right to it shall we.

A Tiny, Living 3-D Printed Kidney Is Growing In China

via Fast Company

Recently, scientists at a Chinese university shed some light on how 3-D printed organs might function. Their miniature, 3-D printed kidneys comprise cells that can live for up to four months. The organs can carry out the same functions as human kidneys, like breaking down toxins, and researchers hope that (with, admittedly, many more years of research) they’ll one day be a suitable replacement for human kidneys for patients in need of a transplant.

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NASA video captures fireball brighter than the moon

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via Slashgear

It’s always interesting when meteors streaked through the atmosphere of the earth creating fiery trails that those of us on Earth can see with the naked eye. These fireballs are relatively rare since most go unseen. However, this week a spectacular fireball was recorded over the American South East and briefly it shine brighter than the moon.

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Spot Exoplanets With Your Home Telescope, Using Free NASA Software

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via PopSci

NASA is releasing, for free, a bit of software that allows those with telescopes to detect planets outside our solar system. You’ll need a digital imaging instrument for your telescope called a charge-coupled device, plus software to go with it. NASA lists what operating systems you’ll need.

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Instagram goes to space with NASA to share images of Earth and beyond

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via The Next Web

Instagram is now going where no photo-sharing app has gone before. Today NASA announced that it has set up an official account on the Facebook-owned service that will show images of Earth, historic moon images, and more. Its creation coincides to the launch of the space agency’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) which was to take off on Friday evening.

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Wasps Get Bored, Bored Wasps Get Drunk, Drunk Wasps Get Mean

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via Geekosystem

Wasps are basically tiny little nightmares when they’re just doing regular wasp stuff, but the idea of a bunch of wasps getting drunk and looking for a fight is some next-level terror. The British Red Cross is warning citizens of the increased danger from drunk wasps, and the problem basically stems from unemployment.

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Owlet Baby Bootie Lets You Monitor Your Baby’s Vitals from Your Smartphone

via Technabob

The Owlet isn’t a baby monitor is the usual sense of the word. I mean, it lets you monitor your baby, but not in the way that most baby monitors do, which is let you hear what’s going on at the moment.

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There’s a dark side to the universe that we never see

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via io9

When you look up at the sky at night you know that you aren’t seeing all the stars. You’re only seeing the brightest ones. If you had a telescope, or more sensitive instruments, you could probably see more. That doesn’t entirely solve the problem, though.

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Why Mars Colonists Will Definitely Go Crazy

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via PopSci

Everyone and their mother wants to send people to Mars these days. Dutch spaceflight nonprofits, President Obama, and even Buzz Aldrin have seriously discussed plans to put humans on the inhospitable planet in the next few decades. But what happens when they get there?

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This is What Greenland Would Look Like if it Weren’t Buried Under Ice

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via Randommization

Here’s a topographic map that shows what Greenland would look like if it weren’t buried under a sheet of ice. This map comes as a result of a study led by geographer Jonathan Bamber. The study mapped an enormous valley in the middle of Greenland.

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UPDATE: Voyager I is the First Human-Made Object to Enter Interstellar Space, Watch NASA Event Live

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via Geekosystem

We think NASA is getting ready to announce that the Voyager I spacecraft has finally left the solar system, making it the first human craft to do so. An announcement is coming at 2:00PM EDT and you can watch it right here.

UPDATE: Yes! Voyager I has left the solar system! You should really be watching this.

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Rare Photos of Migaloo the Albino Humpback Whale

via My Modern Met

For whale watching enthusiasts, sighting a massive aquatic mammal as it leaps out of the sea and recedes back to its underwater habitat is a thrilling experience. However, few can say that they’ve spotted one whose body is entirely white. For those lucky enough, they may have witnessed a passing albino humpback whale along the Queensland coast in Australia. In fact, the documented whale has been given the name Migaloo (an Aboriginal word meaning “white fella”) and is protected under Australian law.

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