Sacramento boy, Tanishq Abraham, is not your typical 9-year-old. "I like particle physics, anti-matter, the fate of the universe and the Big Bang," he says. Tanishq, who attends American River College in California, will be featured tonight on the first episode of "Prodigies," a new YouTube show which "showcases the brightest and most talented phenoms from across the country as they challenge themselves to reach new heights."
When Tanishq was accepted into Mensa at only four and a half years old, the media took an interest in him. In an interview with ABC, Tanishq's mother, Dr. Taji Abraham, said she could tell her son was gifted from toddler-hood. By the age of 7, he had published essays about astronomy on NASA's Lunar Science website. That same year, he started college.
Mom accompanied her son to his first few classes in astronomy and geology. In "Prodigies," she jokes that her young son out-performed her in class. "He beat me," she says.
He may have a proclivity for science, but the 9-year-old also gravitates toward many age-appropriate hobbies. According to a profile of Tanishq in his college's online newspaper, he participates in chorus, does gymnastics, plays soccer and the piano and loves to solve Sudoku puzzles. In a preview of "Prodigies," he is singing and playing piano with his younger sister who, by the way, is also in Mensa.
As for Tanishq's take on all of this -- even though he spends his days surrounded by students more than twice his age, he's amused by the attention.
In a clip on USA Today's website, he is shown giggling when he says, "Once I was giving a geology talk, and at the end somebody asked me for my autograph!"
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Tanishq enrolled in college courses when he was 8. He was 7.
LOOK: 20 Wunderkinds That Will Blow Your Mind
Most five-year-olds finger-paint. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/aelita-andre-5-year-old-painting-prodigy-new-york-agora-gallery_n_1598196.html" target="_hplink">Aelita Andre</a> is about to have her second solo show as "the youngest professional painter in the world" at New York's Agora Gallery -- her first showing raked in up to $30,000 per painting. Andre is the daughter of two painters; at nine months old, she crawled onto her parents' canvasses and began to paint.
15-year-old <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/04/kuhao-blind-teen-plays-piano-songs-video_n_1403034.html" target="_hplink">Kuha'o</a> has been blind since infancy, but he hasn't let his loss of vision deter him from his dreams. He is able to play any song on the piano after listening to it only once. In just two days, his instrumental version of the dubstep song "Cracks" by Freestylers racked up <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBfEHF_7vxg&list=UUFIxsG6xSy8Q7fQ2tgrzmbA&index=2&feature=plcp." target="_hplink">more than 60,000 views</a>.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/30/autistic-child-billy-joel-piano-man-video-viral_n_1463687.html" target="_hplink">Six-year-old Ethan</a>, who is on the autism spectrum, has an extraordinary talent for music. At just four, he began playing The Beatles' "I Will" by ear. Now, his cover of Billy Joel's "Piano Man" <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpF3326_b5g&list=UUkxYCucMvYEjrgokL4nDmbA&index=5&feature=plcp" target="_hplink">has gone viral</a>, boasting more than 1.2 million views.
Piano teacher Judith Fairchild works with student Marissa Liu, 6, Thursday, May 17, 2012 in her Memphis, Tenn. home. Marissa just recently won the Grand Prix at The X Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition sponsored by the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas in Corpus Christi. She is apparently the youngest winner ever in the competition's history. Part of the prize is, Marissa, who can't reach the piano pedals, will be performing at Carnegie Hall in December. (AP Photo/Alan Spearman, The Commercial Appeal)
Jourdan Urbach rehearses at the Pierre Hotel prior to a ceremony where he will receive the nation's highest public service awards, the Jefferson Awards, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in New York. Urbach is a violin prodigy who has channeled his musical talents to raise more than $5 million for pediatric medical research around the globe, headlining benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other venues. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In November 2012, the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3oNVmSaMsE" target="_hplink">5-year-old Internet sensation from Hong Kong</a> shut down <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/5-old-piano-prodigy-too-good-true-183547955.html/" target="_hplink">the conspiracy theorists of YouTube</a> with a live performance of the fast-paced Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov composition, "Flight Of The Bumblebee," on <em>Ellen</em>. There were a few big differences between this, Tsung Tsung's U.S. television debut, and the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/amazing-child-prodigy-ast_n_1870865.html" target="_hplink">viral video from the fall that introduced us</a> to the Hong Kong talent. Tsung was noticeably less smiley than he was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/amazing-child-prodigy-ast_n_1870865.html" target="_hplink">when we first fell in love</a>. In fact, he was almost deadly serious, clad in a snazzy white tux instead of his usual pajamas. Luckily all his dramatic moves were still there, including a new closer he whipped out in which he throws his hands up "<a href="http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1076600/hong-kong-child-piano-prodigy-wows-american-tv-audience" target="_hplink">like a gymnast after a golden Olympic performance</a>."
Tsung Tsung, Part 1
Speaking of the earlier adorable video of little Tsung Tsung smiling away, here it is. The YouTube clip surfaced in September 2012 and quickly made its way to Reddit, where commenters so in awe of Tsung's lightning fast hands questioned the video's authenticity. You <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/amazing-child-prodigy-ast_n_1870865.html" target="_hplink">know where we stand on that though</a>.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/12/nine-year-old-artist-kier_n_1669610.html" target="_hplink">This summer</a>, nine-year-old <a href="http://kieronwilliamson.com/" target="_hplink">Kieron Williamson</a> sold 24 paintings in 15 minutes for the very-adult price of $386,000. He began painting at the ripe old age of six, and has been unwaveringly supported by his doting mother who recently wrote a biography about the young painter, modestly titled "Kieron Willimason Coming to Light -- The Remarkable Story of A Child's Gift to Painting."
Eleven year old Ethan Bortnick has already performed with the likes of Beyonce and Elton John, and claimed a Guinness Book of World Record's title as the world's youngest solo musician to headline his own tour, which he first did at the age of 9. This summer, the piano phenomenon wrapped up another solo tour, on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/ethan-bortnick-piano-prodigy-video_n_1707536.html" target="_hplink">a 22-city sweep of America</a>.
Seven-year-old Alma Deutscher may not be able to reach the pedals of her piano without a little help from a stack of books, but the young pianist, violinist and composer is the latest sensation in the classical world. In an NBC News video from this fall (seen to the left), the tiny talent is seen cooly composing a cello sonata and performing her own musical creations on both the piano and violin. Deutscher, a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/15/prodidy_n_1967652.html" target="_hplink">favorite of British actor Stephen Fry</a>, wrote a short opera called "The Sweeper of Dreams" earlier this year, a feat that <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/9604486/Is-Alma-Deutscher-the-new-Mozart.html" target="_hplink">prompted comparisons to Mozart</a>.
Try not to headbang along to this video of six-year-old Jaxon Smith drumming to the Foo Fighters' song Pretender. According to the video's description, the self-taught percussionist weighed just one pound when he was born in 2005. He's grown up to be quite a rocker, performing songs by Rush, The Who, Heart (yep, "Barracuda"), the Silversun Pickups, Tool, Rage Against the Machine and more. For more of Jackson's amazing drumming, head over to the profile of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/U2RUSHFAN?feature=watch" target="_hplink">YouTube user U2RUSHFAN</a>.