Sin is Crouching at Your Door
WIRED, May 2019
A tale of murder involving the dark web, assumed online identities, and a few tenacious Minnesota detectives.
China’s Tech Giants Go Global
Technology Review, January/February 2019 (lead story in cover package)
Behind the rapid rise of companies like Alibaba and Tencent.
Popular Science, Winter 2018 (lead story in cover package; reprinted in The Guardian)
The quest to prevent superintelligent AI from destroying us.
Age of Social Credit
WIRED, January 2018 (cover story)
American invented the three-digit credit score. Now companies in China are taking the idea to the extreme.
A Tale of Two Worlds
Scientific American, September 2016
An imagining of what global population will look like in the year 2050.
Not Guilty As Charged
Science, 13 November 2015
Several recent trade secret theft cases against Chinese-American scientists have unraveled.
Some True Information is Impossible to Censor
Matter, 4 October 2014
On the ground with the Umbrella Revolution at the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests.
Uproar over Departures at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Science, April 2019
A exclusive series of articles, reported in collaboration with the Houston Chronicle.
The Cyber Threat Reconsidered
The Wall Street Journal, 3 December 2018
A review of John Carlin’s Dawn of the Code War.
Gene-Edited Babies and Informed Consent
Slate, 27 November 2018
A researcher’s claim to have genetically edited babies confirms some people’s worst fears.
America’s Heartland Will Suffer in the Trade War
The Atlantic, 3 April 2018
How farmers in Iowa stand to be hit by the U.S.-China trade war.
The Decline in Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers
Technology Review, 26 October 2016
Why has commercial cyber espionage from China declined?
Hours of Silence and Hard Work
The Wall Street Journal, 24 March 2016
A review of Christine Toomey's In Search of Buddha's Daughters.
From Too Many People to Too Few
The Wall Street Journal, 8 January 2016
A review of Mei Fong's One Child.
China Rethinks the Death Penalty
The New York Times (op-ed page), 8 July 2014
China is returning to its roots in curbing capital punishment.
Enter the Dragons
The Atlantic, January/February 2013
Giving birth in the year of the dragon.