From June, but still fascinating. Scientists – including, notably, Stephen Hawking – think they’ve figured out a way that matter/information can enter a black hole but not be fully destroyed (or, at the very least, recoverable). I’d have a hard time explaining this, so I’ll let NYT:
“When a particle falls into a black hole, it slides the straws of light back and forth, a process called a supertranslation.
That leaves a telltale pattern on the horizon, the invisible boundary that is the point of no return of a black hole — a halo of “soft hair,” as Dr. Strominger and his colleagues put it. That pattern, like the pixels on your iPhone or the wavy grooves in a vinyl record, contains information about what has passed through the horizon and disappeared.”