Raging Gerbils

Original illustrations of tech jokes, silly science, nerdy puns and other geeky things.


Alien Chick by Raging Gerbils


Space exploration is only about exploring new places, right?

Actually, a substantial part of NASA’s work in space is focused on learning more about Earth. By observing Earth from new perspectives in space, scientists can learn even more about the planet that we call home. In October 2011, the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership spacecraft (Suomi NPP) was launched into orbit and began making remarkable observations of our little blue planet. Suomi NPP was created through a partnership between NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), and collaboration with the Department of Defense.

At night, the world comes alive with light. Suomi NPP recently produced incredible new views of the Earth at night. It did so by using cutting-edge imaging technology called VIIRS, which observes dim light and distinguishes the light’s impact on the atmosphere. This allows for a much more complete picture of the Earth’s light at night. The detail of the views is second to none, and they provide an amazing perspective of human impact on the world. Brightly lit boats on the Nile River and wildfires in Australia are among the clearly distinguishable features of Suomi NPP’s images. Both political and natural borders are visible through light patterns, such as the Himalayas and the divide between North and South Korea.

A wealth of information is contained in Suomi NPP’s views of the Earth, and this is just the beginning. NASA’s ability to reach into space while learning even more about Earth is invaluable.

Read more about Suomi NPP, watch videos, and see more pictures here:




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You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey and illustrated by Soyeon Kim is a children’s book filled with charming dioramic art and big ideas.

About the book:

You Are Stardust begins by introducing the idea that every tiny atom in our bodies came from a star that exploded long before we were born. From its opening pages, the book suggests that we are intimately connected to the natural world; it compares the way we learn to speak to the way baby birds learn to sing, and the growth of human bodies to the growth of forests. Award-winning author Elin Kelsey — along with a number of concerned parents and educators around the world — believes children are losing touch with nature. This innovative picture book aims to reintroduce children to their innate relationship with the world around them by sharing many of the surprising ways that we are all connected to the natural world.

(via sagansense)

Episode 2, page 2 of “How not to make soap”


Episode 2: How not to make soap

"through a simple yet complex chemical process involving a duck and a spoon…"

Hehehe. Here’s episode 2 of my favorite web-comic. No, I’m not an impartial observer. It’s someone close to me, but I still think it’s brilliant! If I didn’t think so, I’d pat her on the head (so-to-speak) and say “oh, that’s nice, dear.” But I love it!


Episode 1 of the new web-comic Plastic Beach. See page 3 here


Thierry Cohen envisions city skylines against the stars

Is it the perfect execution of Earth Hour or a preview of a post-apocalyptic future? Does a lightless skyline imply a lifeless city? Do these images instill a sense of eerie doom or peaceful silence? In other words, are you afraid of the dark?


See more here: http://thierrycohen.com/pages/work/starlights.html

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Cupid Dartboard

I wanted my story to be a cliffhanger, so I ended it with a dangling participle.

You can also get more details on these events here: http://www.oddly-even.com/2013/01/17/13-must-see-stargazing-events-for-2013/

Binary Bacon Bits.

True story: 4 bits equals 1 nibble. Nom Nom Nom

Naked Singularity.

A naked singularity is, in essence, a black hole with no obscuring event horizon. A black hole can’t be seen directly because the event horizon doesn’t allow any light to escape. No one has ever seen a naked singularity either, as the concept is still theoretical. One of the cosmic censorship hypotheses may apply.