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There is no such thing as nitrous dioxide. Nitrous Oxide is laughing gas. Nitrogen Dioxide is considered an air pollutant. This error comes to us from the Portland, Oregon TV Station KGW news anchor.

It is scary how often these bloopers occur. How can we – or should we – trust much of what they report? It really is scary how many times this happens.

(I double checked with my son who has a PhD in chemistry and am in process of triple checking with my two daughters – one is a geochemist/geologist/microbiologist and the other is a psychiatric nurse practitioner. In other words, all of them are sort of chemists.)

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