typical poor science reporting on our national media - this time about HR on msnbc.com: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32781964/ns/technology_and_science-science the article states: "Contrary to popular belief, black holes do not suck up absolutely everything around them. They actually emit a tiny amount of heat, known as Hawking radiation, as matter and energy is sucked into the singularity." presented as an established fact, when it is not at all proven or demonstrated. the article goes on to say: "The beam eventually breaks into two separate photons, similar to a train's engine separating from its cars. Like an unbound engine, one of the photons continues to race forward, leaving its counterpart lagging behind." uh huh - what exactly would be the mechaism by which one photon would somehow have a different velocity than any other photon? and the diea of a "beam" "splitting" into 2 photons? what? photons are individual entities already, hmmm? then: "When the particles split, a tiny bit of heat should be released, which the scientists should be able to detect. If trace amounts of heat are found, that will help bolster the case for true Hawking radiation." excuse me? are they saying a 3rd photon ("heat") is created here? from what energy? and the use of the word "particles" - are they referring to the "beam" from the previous statement, and trying to indicate that the original beam was a "particle" which then split into two (3?) photons? i pity any poor layperson who might try to understand this sad effort at science reporting.