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Ravenous Black Holes Never Say Diet

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Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 28
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5501.28a

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AUSTIN, TEXAS-- A pair of new methods for probing the supermassive black holes at the heart of galaxies, presented here at a recent meeting, is overturning a widely held assumption that supermassive black holes stopped growing after forming in the early universe. And the new methods could soon enable astronomers to tell the entire life story of a black hole.