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

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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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