‘Islands’ poking out of black holes may solve the information paradox

Nothing escapes a black hole’s immense gravity, but it may still be possible to detect what is going on in one

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We may be able to find out what happens to matter that falls into a black hole, something previously thought impossible. This is because some parts of a black hole’s interior, called “islands”, may actually poke far enough outside the hole for us to measure them. If we can do this, then Stephen Hawking’s long-standing black hole paradox might finally be resolved.

In the 1970s, Stephen Hawking realised…

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