Imagine my joy when I learned that the New York Times has a laboratory that focuses on research and development. It turns out the Old Gray Lady is as savvy about the digital revolution’s transformation of journalism as any technology company. This piece argues that one of the largest limitations of news is that we still think in terms of articles. Better to think of “particles” (a great term!), or parts of articles, that can be tagged, indexed, and used again in future articles—in order to build a better organized representation of what’s happening in our world. If you’re a news junkie like me, you’ll like this piece.