science stories

How did the universe get its start? That question may plague mankind until the end of time, yet there's one scientific mind that could get us a little closer to the answer. That mind? It belongs to Jacob Barnett, a 12-year-old in Indiana who already takes college-level advanced astrophysics classes.
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