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Recently a friend—let's call her Zelda—told me she has stopped flossing her teeth. She heard that flossing makes no difference to dental health, so she's done with it.

Like most people, Zelda doesn't read science books, watch PBS science programming, or engage in any such activity. Instead, what new science-related opinions she forms come by way of the grapevine, digital or otherwise—a Facebook post here, a 30-second snippet on the TV news there, etc. In other words, she has little idea what she's talking about.

To be fair, while she couldn't trace its origin, her new belief about flossing didn't come out of the vacuum. Last year, an industrious Associated Press reporter…

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