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Video Game Introduces Youths to Big Ideas About a Nano-sized World
February 17, 2011
Working on a science fair project with his lab partner Nikki, Harold Biggums finds himself transformed into a tiny superhero and flung into the midst of an alien plot to take over the world--a plot that he and Nikki can foil only by defying gravity, walking on water and charging across electric fields.
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