Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk
Japan launches a cargo ship carrying a space junk collector designed to gather debris in space.

Japan has launched a cargo ship which will use a half mile- (700m)-long tether to remove some of the vast amount of debris from Earth’s orbit.

The tether, made of aluminium strands and steel wire, is designed to slow the debris, pulling it out of orbit.

The innovative device was made with the help of a fishing net company.

There is estimated to be more than 100 million pieces of space junk in orbit, including discarded equipment from old satellites, tools and bits of rocket.

Many of these objects are moving at high velocity around the Earth at speeds of up to 28,000km/h (17,500mph) and could cause catastrophic accidents and damage to the world’s orbital telecommunications network.


Researchers say the lubricated, electro-dynamic tether will generate enough energy to change an object’s orbit, pushing it towards the atmosphere where it will burn up.

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Basic overlooked worldbuilding questions

Whether you are writing a futuristic dystopia or a cloud city of dragons, you need to figure out how people get basic supplies. These are often the most overlooked worldbuilding questions since it’s more fun to think about how cultures honor the dead or where the mountain ranges are, but answers are necessary to create a complete world.

-Where does the water come from and how is it distributed?

-Who makes the food?

-Who transports and distributes the food?

-If your world has modern utilities, are they widespread or only for the rich? For that matter, do utilities have to be modified to work in your world (for example, electric lines with anti-magic coating)?

-What happens to trash?

-What happens to sewage? 

-What building materials are available?

-What do people do when they get sick?

-What do people do in the case of a natural disaster?

-What do people do in the case of a fire?

-How are large objects moved?

-How are items that take skilled labor to make created and distributed?

Remember, the answers might be different for people at different economic levels.

The Signs as Fairies
  • Aries: a little trickster who likes to mess with humans by moving objects like their keys, sometimes they even mess with other fae, they'll take things sometimes but always leave gifts like stones and flowers in return, they glow like embers
  • Taurus: relishes in beauty, collecting gems and shiny things, surrounding themselves with flowers, lives in solitude and is scared of nothing, often revealing themselves to humans, they shine like gold and have wings like corn-silk
  • Gemini: likes to tease humans and other fae alike, they are social and live in the trees, they especially enjoy technology and may mess with phones or anything particularly shiny, they decorate themselves with feathers and flit about so fast they're hard to see
  • Cancer: quiet, shy and gentle, Cancer fairies take care of animals and do helpful little things for any near humans, they live in small groups near water and you might spot them dancing across rain puddles, their eyes are like opals and their skin glows with the light of the moon
  • Leo: these pretty fairies collect shiny bits and pieces and like to hoard away pretty gems and maybe your jewelry, they are highly social and can't stand to be alone, they are very protective of their loved ones and home, they often reveal themselves to human children, they are like small stars and dance with fireflies
  • Virgo: these fairies will often help humans by cleaning their homes or finishing small projects like sewing, they are healers and take care of the animals of the forest, they make their homes in the trees and take refuge with the birds, they blend into the forest, decorating their skin with the earth and leaves
  • Libra: harmony is important to Libran fae, they live in small groups and build their own societies, they keep the forests and gardens they live in safe and healthy, they often twitter in human's ears, they glimmer like Venus in the night sky, skin like clouds and smiles like the horizon
  • Scorpio: these fairies live alone and are usually found near water, they are very hard to find and will cast spells on humans who dare to come near, they sometimes seek out humans but are very very shy, they have dark eyes that hold all of the world's secrets and their skin is painted in intricate patterns
  • Sagittarius: these little fairies are bold and brave, they often don't live together only because they are so busy exploring and collecting trinkets, Sagittarian fairies are very social and often play with human children, their whole being shines and flickers like a flame
  • Capricorn: Capricorn fae are quiet and reserved, they live in gardens or forests and take care of the plants there, they live in the earth and gather crystals, they also help humans out around the house by cleaning and sneak ingredients into your food to make it better, their skin is constantly stained with earth yet it still glimmers like mica
  • Aquarius: they live to serve other fae, humans, and animals, they live in groups of fairies and like to play games and tease humans but also do little things to assist them, they play with birds and butterflies and decorate themselves with flowers, their skin is marked like a blue jay's wings and they shine like the moon through a layer of clouds
  • Pisces: little Pisces fae are always kind to all beings, they live in or near water, they play with animals of all kinds and help them, they often grant humans bits of preternatural knowledge, their skin is pearlescent and their eyes shine like light on water and their wings are like the night sky

I’ve made this picture for a gif-making tutorial but, since I won’t be finishing it for a bit longer, I think I might share the unmoving version already


Now guess: What will be moving in the gif version?


Tʜᴇ ɢɪʀʟ ɢᴀᴠᴇ ᴏғғ ᴀɴ ᴀᴜʀᴀ ᴏғ ᴅɪsᴛɪɴᴄᴛ ᴅᴏᴛᴛɪɴᴇss. Pᴇʀʜᴀᴘs ɪᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ғᴀᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ sᴛᴜᴄᴋ ʜᴇʀ ᴡᴀɴᴅ ʙᴇʜɪɴᴅ ʜᴇʀ ʟᴇғᴛ ᴇᴀʀ ғᴏʀ sᴀғᴇᴋᴇᴇᴘɪɴɢ, ᴏʀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴄʜᴏsᴇɴ ᴛᴏ ᴡᴇᴀʀ ᴀ ɴᴇᴄᴋʟᴀᴄᴇ ᴏғ Bᴜᴛᴛᴇʀʙᴇᴇʀ ᴄᴀᴘs, ᴏʀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ ᴀ ᴍᴀɢᴀᴢɪɴᴇ ᴜᴘsɪᴅᴇ ᴅᴏᴡɴ.

California Nebula with added SII 

Added some more data to my image of the California Nebula. Only my 2nd narrowband image so still learning but ive mapped the Ha to Green and Blue and the SII to Red, no OIII was captured. This object has moved out of my FOV now so its time to move on and image something else. 

im glad the Dover Boys meme is resurfacing because I loved it when it was originally a meme

anyway while im on the topic: The Dover Boys is the prime example of motion smear animation and was a key technique used by Chuck Jones. it basically means that the animation of an object moving is done between frames instead of going right to the next action, like it’s….smearing. provides a lot more fluid-looking animation.

the full article is here, and there’s another article about it here, but the point im making is that the short has frames like this:

and i think thats beautiful

100 Witch Tips 

(To honour 1,000+ followers.)

  1. Listening to your own intuition will always be useful. Learn to trust it.
  2. Put almonds in your pockets for good luck. 
  3. Lemongrass essential oil kills fruit flies.
  4. Use a charged crystal on top of your Wifi router, or anything that needs a boost.
  5. Salt in a hula hoop for casting circles.
  6. Evernote and Google docs are amazing for online Grimoires. 
  7. Snow-globes can be used in place of crystal balls.
  8. Don’t leave any naturally coloured quartz (amethyst, rose) in the sun, it’ll fade. Unless you want it to fade.
  9. You can use crayons in place of candles.
  10. Meditation!
  11. Be careful of setting stuff on fire, move all flammable objects before lighting something.
  12. Clear quartz can absorb negativity.
  13. Be specific when asking questions/doing spells.
  14. You can turn songs into spells, it helps a lot when you’re just starting.
  15. You can make cheap runes with a sharpie, clear nail polish, and rocks.
  16. Thrift stores ARE YOUR FRIEND!
  17. Rosemary can be used in place of any herb.
  18. Clear Quartz can be used in place of any stone.
  19. is a good place to read in-depth Tarot meanings, really helps if you’re starting out.
  20. Suck on a peppermint when you’re studying something you need to remember, then again when you need to remember the thing. 
  21. Incense ashes = black salt.
  22. Cleanse by moon, charge by sun.
  23. Wear colours that correspond to your intent for that day, subtle and effective.
  24. Got a needle and thread? You got a pendulum.
  25. Just about any cards can be used for divination. Playing cards, pokemon cards, etc.
  26. You can find images of the Rider-Waite deck online and print them onto cardstock.
  27. Craft stores usually have REALLY CHEAP jars.
  28. Music is magical, use that to your advantage. 
  29. LOCKETS!
  30. Just about any mirror/reflective surface can be used for scrying, don’t let Etsy fool you with those 50$ mirrors.
  31. White candles can be used in place of any candle.
  32. There are also candle apps!
  33. Birthday candles!
  34. CANDLES!
  35. If you bake, draw sigils in the batter/dough before baking.
  36. Stir liquids clockwise for a luck/health boost, and counter-clockwise for banishing and ridding of negativity.
  37. If you need to subtly cleanse, sage and saltwater in a spray bottle. Be mindful of plants and pets.
  38. Sage can smell like weed sometimes, keep that in mind.
  39. Peach and Avocado pits ward off negativity. 
  40. If you don’t like working with blood, Halloween blood and pomegranate/cherry juices are great.
  41. LIBRARIES!!!!!!
  42. Keep a notebook with you constantly in case you need to write something down.
  43. Write wishes on bay leaves, then burn them to make them come true.
  44. Cleanse yourself in the wind.
  45. To get candle wax out of a jar, pour some boiling water in it then leave it for a while, the wax should be floating on top. Be careful!
  46. Selenite and Amethyst are good for dreams. 
  47. Pressing flowers really is useful. 
  48. You can make your own tea blends pretty easily, just be careful about knowing what is/isn’t edible.
  49. Set a sigil as your phone background, then plug it in to charge it. 
  50. Write sigils with makeup while you’re doing it.
  51. Warding will be your best friend.
  52. Use common sense!
  53. If you want to grow herbs out of cans be sure you poke holes in the bottom so excess water can run out.
  54.  If you can’t throw salt everywhere, make a salt water spray instead.
  55. You can draw over sigils with glow in the dark paint to see charging effects.
  56. Use plastic ziploc bags in place of jars; cheaper!
  57. Coffee filters can be used as herb bags.
  58. If a spell calls for an ingredient that happens to be in a tea you own, cut open your own tea bags. 
  59. You can make altar/shrine books.
  60. Colour correspondences for sigils.
  61. You can do virtual altars via pinterest, video games, etc. 
  62. You can glue envelopes into your BOS to hold things like sigils, recipes, etc.
  63. Brick dust works the same as black salt.
  64. Make a google doc/keep a notepad with you for ideas throughout your day. 
  65. Instead of burying jars in the ground, use non-bleached toilet paper tubes.
  66. You can buy one big pot and plant many herbs in it.
  67. Chew mint gum during money spells.
  68. Write sigils on your nails using nail polsh pens
  69. Rice water is used for prosperity and success spells.
  70. If you have a computer, you can make your background your altar.
  71. Have an altar by a window, so your items are always cleansed/charged.
  72. Uncooked spaghetti makes lighting candles a lot easier.
  73. Use oil diffusers if you can’t burn incense.
  74. Wicca is NOT the only path!
  75. Glass can be substituted for quartz.
  76. Dedicate a stuffed animal to your deity to bond with them.
  77. A good blood substitute = crushed iron tablets.
  78. Attach crystals to the cork tops of your jars as an energy channel to charge jar spells.
  79. You do NOT have to do magick everyday, it shouldn’t be a chore or something you dread doing.
  80. Brackish water (salt and fresh water) is good for cursing.
  81. Don’t eat things that aren’t edible, and don’t sniff things that aren’t sniffable.
  82. When enchanting your car, draw sigils on the wheels so they charge when they turn.
  83. Don’t make offerings that degrade the environment!
  84. More jar alternatives: bowls of ice, unbleached paper, bell peppers.
  85. Don’t bury jars, please.
  86. Just don’t do it.
  87. White sage is endangered in America, grow your own.
  88. Breathe.
  89. Compile a list of songs that have names corresponding to herbs and ingredients to put in a spell playlist.
  90. Do not substitute fantasy for fact. 
  91. Don’t do spells on someone that goes against their free will.
  92. Empath tip: Carry blue goldstone.
  93. Salt cleanse yourself with any salty snack, crisps, pretzels, etc.
  94. Frankincense is an insect repellent 
  95. Put mint in shoes for luck (and an air freshener!) 
  96. Garage sales are amazing.
  97. Place a candle in the window to welcome sunlight. 
  98. Bells can be used for cleansing, too.
  99. Witch Hazel is a natural toner, good for your skin, and is used for protection!
  100. Rain washes away bad vibes, negativity, and cleanses.



Lumipen 2

New projection mapping technology from the University of Tokyo can project in real-time onto moving objects:

In our laboratory, the Lumipen system has been proposed to solve the time-geometric inconsistency caused by the delay when using dynamic objects. It consists of a projector and a high-speed optical axis controller with high-speed vision and mirrors, called Saccade Mirror (1ms Auto Pan-Tilt technology). Lumipen can provide projected images that are fixed on dynamic objects such as bouncing balls. However, the robustness of the tracking is sensitive to the simultaneous projection on the object, as well as the environmental lighting.

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Rising signs as ghost
  • Aries: Would be that asshole who pops out of your mirror.
  • Taurus: Probably push you down a flight of stairs.
  • Gemini: Grab your arm out of nowhere.
  • Cancer: Randomly slaps you in the face when your asleep.
  • Leo: Ends up in your nightmares.
  • Virgo: Posses you and kills everyone.
  • Libra: Goes into your dreams to warn you about some evil.
  • Scorpio: Kills you cause your a fuckboy.
  • Sagittarius: That one who always moves objects around.
  • Capricorn: Only really whispers in your ear.
  • Aquarius: That one who screams get out of my house.
  • Pisces: Randomly giggles throughout the house.