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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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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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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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This kid might have cystic fibrosis, and along with it, a rather complicated breathing apparatus, but when he hears Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," caution is thrown to the wind.

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As 9-year-old Josef Miles and his mother walked around Kansas' Washburn University campus last weekend, he noticed a group of Westboro Baptist Church members picketing as people headed to graduation ceremonies.

Josef asked mom if he could create his own sign, and promptly staged a one-man protest. His sign, written in pencil on a tiny sketchpad, read simply, "God Hates No One."

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Tom Schaar -- a skateboarding prodigy at the tender age of 12 -- recently landed the world's first 1080-degree spin, which subsequently landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records. Now he's made history a second time, becoming the youngest X Games gold medalist ever with top honors in the Mini MegaRamp event.

"I tried the 1080 once before the contest and then three or four times during the contest and was stoked to get it," Schaar said. "I'm just excited to be here and be skating with all of these pros that I've looked up to. It's the best feeling!"

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Coleman Shannon was born with a medical condition known as Amelia, in which his right arm ends at the elbow. But no matter -- the 14-year-old star of his local Little League team recently pitched a no-hitter.

"I'm the leader of the game," Shannon said. "I've got a bunch of people to back me up and that's the way the game is supposed to be played."

Shannon's parents said when they first tried to get him to use a prosthetic arm as a toddler, he hid the artificial limb and refused to use it because he didn't think he needed it.

"I can say that probably 999 out of 1,000 that have a physical impairment like he does would have never even given themselves a chance and continued to go out there and play," said Kyle Daniel, Shannon's coach. "But he's that exception. ... When you think about what he's been through and how much it's taken him just to get to this point, when he went out and threw the no-hitter, it was just a cheerful time for everyone."

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