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Is Hawking Any Closer to Solving the Puzzle of Black Holes?

A simulated view of a black hole. (Wikimedia/Alain r, CC BY-SA 2.5)
A simulated view of a black hole. (Wikimedia/Alain r, CC BY-SA 2.5)

Stephen Hawking said something! And again the international media is all a’buzz. The physics community is a little more muted, but after hearing the pronouncements...




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