I was at New Scientist on my lunch hour and saw an item that I thought would be of interest to my fellow slashdotters. Here is what I was going to submit:
Subject: "Can black holes be used as particle accelerators?
Some people (not scientists, thankfully) are afraid the LHC may create a black hole that will swallow the Earth. Well, it seems that massive, rotating black holes may be the ultimate particle accelerators, and we may un fact be able to use them to study subatomic particles.
What will happen to fundamental physics when our descendants reach the limit of particle accelerator technology? We'll surely run out of space and money long before the smallest building blocks of the universe can be probed with machines, because of the massive energies required.
One saviour may be the universe's own particle smashers - black holes.
So could these particles smash together and perhaps reveal evidence of "new physics"? That's what physicists Stephen West of Royal Holloway, University of London, Max Bañados of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago and Joseph Silk of the University of Oxford decided to investigate.
But unfortunately, someone idleized the submissions page, and it simply won't work with IE6.
The shame is, a third of all stories I've submitted have been posted, but it appears I can't even submit stories at all now -- at least from work.
I tried to email firstname.lastname@example.org from my webmail, the email address I use for password resets and the like, but Yahoo says there is a problem with the recipient (slashdot).
I wonder what the hell is going on. Oh well, I'll use the journal to submit the story, although I have yet to have a single story submitted that way actually be accepted.
UPDATE: I went back and looked at the page source -- here's the problem
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It looks like someone is borking IE6 on purpose. Is there a way to spoof firefox from IE?