Side-By-Side Satellite Images Of Hurricanes Katrina And Harvey Emerge Online

As Hurricane Harvey continues to batter the eastern coast of Texas, people are comparing it to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated a large swath of the Gulf Coast in 2005.

MSNBC tweeted a photo Friday afternoon, before the hurricane hit Texas, featuring a side-by-side comparison of the two storms:

After the tweet, the eye of the storm became more fully defined, and was upgraded from a category 3 to a category 4. Katrina started as a category 5 before being downgraded to a 3.

And we will never forget the devastation Katrina caused:

Good Morning America had an expert explain the similarities between the two hurricanes:

As of Saturday afternoon, Harvey had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the worst may be yet to come. While the hurricane is already blamed for at least one death, the expected torrential downpours and subsequent flooding are set to create widespread havoc for much of inland Texas over the next several days. 

Twitter made sure everyone knew the potential danger Harvey posed:

As Katrina was for the Bush presidency, Harvey may be a defining moment for President Trump. The nation waits to see how he responds, and what kind of toll Harvey takes. 

H/T: Twitter, ABC News, YouTube

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This Teen Built The World's Smallest Satellite And Got Major Props From NASA

This Teen Built The World’s Smallest Satellite And Got Major Props From NASA

When I was 18-years-old, I didn’t even know how to take out a student loan without my mom’s help.

Rifath Shaarook, on the other hand, built the world’s smallest and lightest satellite.

Oh yeah, and he earned respect from NASA, along with accolades in first place in a competition the agency co-sponsored called Cubes in Space.

Shaarook built the 65gram (0.14lb) device as an exercise in demonstrating how well carbon fiber performs when 3D printed.

His invention is now set for a sub-orbital, four-hour mission in outer space.

During this short mission, the tiny satellite will be fully operational for 12 minutes in space’s micro-gravity.

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“We designed it completely from scratch. It will have a new kind of on-board computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the earth,” he told Business Standard.

Shaarook named the little tech-wonder after India’s science-loving former President Abdul Kalam. He calls it KalamSat.

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Kalam spearheaded many initiatives and paved the way for the country’s aeronautical scientists to make great advancements in space exploration for India.

Shaarok’s background is a humble one. He comes from a small town in Tamil Nadu and is currently working as a lead scientist for Space Kidz India.

The program encourages and promotes young children and teenagers in India to study science and education.

Shaarok also has a history of invention. For example, three years prior, he built a variation of a helium weather balloon as part of a nationwide young scientist’s competition.

Again, I’d like to point out that at 18, I was just learning what an oil change does for a car’s engine. Color me impressed with this kid.

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