See the National Supercomputing Center's black hole simulation movies.
Project Auger is to detect extremely high energy cosmic rays. It has sites in Argentina and in Utah in the U.S..
Prof. Stephen Hawking now has a homepage. It includes lectures on space and time and also some information about his disability.
Cosmic rays with energies of about 10^12 eV (1 TeV) are thought to come from exploding mini-black holes or other violent sources. Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are setting up Project Milagro, with a tank of 5000 square meters of water that is a fraction of a meter deep to detect subatomic particles emitted in the Earth's atmosphere when the atmosphere is hit by such cosmic rays in the form of gamma rays. The subatomic particles give off Cerenkov radiation in the water, which is detected with photomultipliers.
Milagro is to go on line in 1998. In the meantime, a 1/3-size project, Milagrito, should be on line in late 1996. The cosmic rays being searched for by Project Auger are 10^20 eV, a factor of 10 million times more energetic.
Philip A. Charles and R. Mark Wagner's 1995 book Exploring the X-ray Universe (Cambridge University Press) discusses black holes and how to identify them. Some of the information appeared in Sky & Telescope for May 1996, pp. 38-42, followed by a discussion by Harry L. Shipman on pp. 42-3 on how to identify black holes. Some programs for computing the mass of central objects and tidal forces in black holes appears on pp. 92-95 of the same issue, in an article by Clifford A. Pickover, author of Black Holes: A Traveler's Guide (Wiley, 1996).
Charles and Wagner's best three candidates in massive x-ray binaries are Cygnus X-1, LMC X-3, and LMC X-1. Their best candidates in x-ray novae are V616 Mon, V404 Cyg, Nova Muscae 1991, Nova Ophiuchi 1977, J0422+32, J1655-40, and GS2000+25.
Other black-hole information on the World Wide Web, listed in Sky & Telescope, for May 1996, p. 94, includes Ted Bunn's Black-Hole FAQ (frequently-asked questions), Robert J. Nemiroff's computer-generated representations, the National Supercomputer Center's black holes merging animation, and a section from the PBS series Newton's Apple.
Mitchell Begelman and Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, have published a Scientific American Library book, "Gravity's Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe" (W. H. Freeman, 1996), ISBN 0-7167-5074-0. It is an excellent, illustrated survey of black holes on all scales and the history of their investigation.