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Physicists Demonstrate How Information Can Escape From Black Holes

May 14, 2008

illustration of black hole Physicists at Penn State have provided a mechanism by which information can be recovered from black holes--and the first plausible mechanism for how information might escape from black holes, those regions of space where gravity is so strong that, according to Einstein's theory of general relativity, not even light can escape. The team's findings pave the way toward ending a decades-long debate sparked by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Full Story

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