Kickass Kid of the Day

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Watch a 3-year-old bucket drumming prodigy play with Dad outside a Cubs game, then give Dad props to end their set. Awww.

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Lemonade Stand of the Day

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Lemonade Stand of the Day
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Joshua Smith was determined to help Detroit ease its desperate financial burden. So he did what any industrious 9-year-old would do -- he launched a successful lemonade stand.

Joshua's new business, which he ran with his pals for five days last week, garnered more than $3,340 in donations, with "sales" pouring in from as far as Canada, South Africa, Uganda, and the U.K.

By Friday, he had received an award for outstanding achievement from the Detroit City Council, sold lemonade to members of the University of Michigan's men's basketball team, and been awarded a $2,000 college scholarship from the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation.

"I'm really happy that a lot of people supported me," Joshua said. "It was successful but tiring."

Detroit will use the proceeds from Joshua's stand to maintain a park and playground near his house.

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Kickass Kid of the Day

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Introducing 6-year-old Jaxon Smith, a self-taught drummer who jams to the Foo Fighters' "Pretender."

Top YouTube comments:

  • "Sir, your son is very talented, and does not deserve to have the same haircut as Butters."
  • "6 year old listening to Foo Fighters instead of bieber/gaga. THIS KID WILL TURN OUT FINE."

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Kickass Kid of the Day

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Meet Riley, a fourth-grader with Down syndrome, mad hula-hoop skills, and a boatload of confidence.

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Kickass Kid of the Day

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Scholastic recently issued a challenge -- could a first-grader write a complete story?

Six-year-old Scotty put pen to paper, and his outstanding entry, The Knight's Quest, (Nit's Qast), was animated into this short cartoon -- complete with the young author's original spelling.

Adorbz.

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Kickass Kid of the Day

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A Maryland-based scientist has developed an incredibly accurate mechanism for detecting pancreatic cancer, which is faster than current methods, as well as 100 times more sensitive and 28 times cheaper. Oh, and the scientist is 15 years old.

For his discovery, high school freshman Jack Andraka just won the Gordon E. Moore Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which comes with a $75,000 prize.

Andraka's method uses single-walled carbon nanotubes -- which he calls "the superheroes of material science" -- to detect a pancreatic cancer marker in urine and blood samples. In a blind test, it had a 100% success rate.

"I did not expect for it to be this good," he said, "I was blown away by how sensitive it was."

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Kickass Kid of the Day

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Yes, this shot is real -- photographer James Morgan submitted it to this year's National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest:

Enal, a young sea nomad, rides on the tail of a tawny nurse shark, in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Marine nomadism has almost completely disappeared in South East Asia as a result of severe marine degradation. I believe children such as Enal have stories that could prove pivotal in contemporary marine conservation.

Just... wow. Our money's on Morgan for the win.

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