Scientists have successfully created a black hole in a laboratory by using the world’s most powerful X-ray laser.  The groundbreaking research can be used to take better images of viruses on a molecular scale which will lead to better treatments.  Unlike a natural black hole in space which draws matter in through its intense gravitational pull, the

scientists’ black hole attracted electrons with its electrical charge. The black hole was created as the X-ray laser fired bright, fast flashes at iodomethane (CH3I) molecules. As a result, a void was left which started attracting electrons over the course of a fraction of a second before it blew up. Robin Santra, from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), explained: The X-ray pulse initially strips the iodine atom of five or six of its electrons. READ MORE