Fright Night is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to watch a horror film set in a particle collider. Decay is a movie made by physicists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, a huge sister smasher to our Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven. Hit play, throw your hands over your eyes, and get ready for a science scare-fest like none other. 

Thankfully, unlike the CERN portrayed here, Brookhaven isn’t overrun with zombies. We can’t be sure about ghosts, though. The Lab has been around for several decades, and before that it was a training ground and hospital for soldiers in World War I and II. Our Tumblr team will keep our eyes out and let you know if we encounter anything spookier than quantum mechanics around here. 


It felt good. It felt right.

I would lose track of my computer. I’d find it in weird places, buried under stacks of books, under chairs, or creeping toward the appliance garage where the food processor lives.

Alexis Madrigal, Twitter Is Weird—and Other Things Fatherhood Taught Me, The Atlantic.

Madrigal, who recently had a baby, spent two months on break from being a “full-time information consumer,” and deprofessionalized his internet use:

The videogame world has a useful analogy: There people talk about “core” gamers versus other types. Core gamers overwhelmingly come from certain demographics and their behaviors and interests are distinct from the much larger group of people who play games sometimes. They have dedicated gaming hardware and try out lots of games. They care a lot about graphics and don’t mind mastering complex control systems. Casual gamers are different. They like easy-to-play games where the learning curve is not steep. And they don’t spend a ton of time or money on games.

In my normal life, like many other journalists, I am a core Internet user. But in the baby bubble, I became a casual user, just someone looking to read the news and keep up with friends and family.

FJP: The piece has some interesting insights about what the difference between the two is, which news consumption styles are best suited to Twitter, what a phone (versus a laptop) is good enough for and what an intertwined digital-analog life looks like.

(via futurejournalismproject)