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Black Holes Begin to Lose Their Mystery

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Science  21 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5452, pp. 411
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5452.411

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ATLANTA-- From the fringes of the universe to nearby reaches of our own galaxy, black holes are becoming more than obscure figures on the cosmic stage. Several findings released here last week at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society offer insights into the many forms that black holes can assume. Those guises, it appears, are determined largely by the ages of the black holes and their dietary habits.