Stephen Hawking: Black hole paradox explained by 'soft hairs'

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Stephen Hawking: Black Hole Paradox Explained By 'Soft Hairs'

Could hair help to explain the black hole paradox?

It could, according to famed physicist Stephen Hawking and two colleagues, who recently had their paper called "Soft Hair on Black Holes" released online.

The paradox itself pits the idea that information entering a black hole disappears completely, which is based on Einstein's general theory of relativity, against quantum mechanics which asserts that information never vanishes.

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The team believes that there may be a middle ground in the form of hairs which can linger in the vacuum space outside the hole.

These tendrils are considered to be soft photon particles of light, which contain no energy but change the environment in a small way.

In effect, it is a cosmic record of activity that remains while all physical remnants get wiped out.

While there is some skepticism concerning the study, Hawking has said that the hairs can be scientifically confirmed and that the finding is potentially worthy of a Nobel Prize.

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