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UPDATE: We think we may have gotten duped! Like many other webites, we picked up on the story below that a Japanese researcher had found a way to turn human feces into an edible protein. One of our commenters on Facebook suggested that this story was a hoax and after some investigation, we think he might be right. We emailed the researcher for clarification, but have not yet heard back. But in the meantime, we did find this piece on Salon by Justin Elliot, who traced the origin of this story back to a Youtube video and also found several similar headlines that popped up online in the 1990s. We'll let you know if we hear back from the researcher. In the meantime, our apologies. Source
Here's an object lesson in how poorly sourced -- and quite possibly dubious or dated -- information can make its way onto some big-name news websites. A few days ago FoxNews.com published a piece in its Science section with the startling headline, "Japanese Scientists Create Meat From Poop." It begins like this: