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Visions of Black Holes

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Science  24 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5299, pp. 476-478
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5299.476

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CHICAGO—Black-hole theorists are leaving present observations far behind as they conceive and study strange variants of these superdense, light-swallowing objects, confident that observers will eventually catch up. They have conjured up donut-shaped black holes, discerned clues toa fundamental graininess of space-time in the properties of black holes, and—thanks to Hawking's latest brainstorm—contemplated the possibility that invisible black holes might be gobbling information right under our noses.