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Science project gains fame for tricky student

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At 15, Nathan Zohner is becoming a pro at handling reporters.

For weeks, the high school sophomore has been fielding calls from journalists wanting to know more about his ninth-grade science project.The project, which tested critical thinking skills, asked 50 ninth-graders if a chemical called dihydrogen monoxide should be banned. Nathan told participants the chemical causes thousands of deaths each year, leads to excessive sweating and vomiting and contributes to land erosion.

Of the 50 students he polled, 43 favored banning the chemical, six were undecided and only one was able to tell him dihydrogen monoxide is just another name for water.

Nathan said he thought the project would be a good way to show people how they could be misled by propaganda.