Ask google what a black hole is. "A region of space having a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape." FALSE. *insert Dwight Schrute meme here* In 1974, the brilliant Stephen Hawking discovered that black holes emitted gamma ray radiation. Such a discovery revolutionized theoretical physics and began a new voyage into black holes. The fact that black holes emit such a useful radiation opens a door into adapting to the newfound energy source, now named Hawking radiation.