Amy X. Wang

Amy X. Wang is a reporter based in New York. She has written for Slate and The Economist.
  • NASA / Reuters

    The First Female Space Crew Might Be Going to the Moon

    Russia, which has sent only a handful of women into space, plans to fix that in 2029.

  • Enrique Castro-Mendivil / Reuters

    How eBay Could Be Messing Up the World’s Ecosystems

    Researchers have discovered a potentially damaging, unregulated online trade in invasive plants.

  • Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

    Germany’s Refugee Crisis Is Getting Worse

    The country’s recent policy shifts on European migrants have led to a logistical disaster.

  • AP

    The Aftermath of the Airstrike on Doctors Without Borders

    The medical charity has withdrawn from the Afghan city of Kunduz after a strike killed 22 at its hospital there.

  • Mike Blake / Reuters

    How a Selfie Got Car Thieves Arrested

    Three suspects used a stolen phone to capture the moment, and ended up getting captured themselves.

  • NASA / Reuters

    NASA Is Loving The Martian’s Triumphant Success

    The space agency is getting a big publicity boost from Hollywood.

  • Natalia Bratslavsky / Shutterstock

    Why Des Moines Is a Millennial Paradise Right Now

    Housing data suggest young people are flocking to the city for cheap homes and a trendy new scene.

  • Ahmad Masood / Reuters

    Airstrike Hits Hospital in Afghanistan

    At least 19 people were killed in the accidental attack on Saturday.

  • Liz Mc / Andrea Nguyen / Flickr

    Yogurt Is for Women, Fried Chicken Is for Men

    How the taste of a food is shaped by the gender stereotypes marketers attach to it

  • Portlanders Are Using Stickers to Keep Californians Out

    The people of Portland, Oregon would like you to know something: sun-loving, beach-lounging Californians are not welcome in their city, thank you very much.

    For ages, righteous Portlanders have been unusually affronted by California’s culture, climate, and general population. It seems this attitude is not limited to Portland alone—the phrase “California-hating Oregonians” returns copious results on Google, with posts ranging in tone from playful to proud to genuinely angry. But the wrath of Portland, a city that is home to basically the antithesis of Californians, has been particularly vicious.

    Now, though, Portlanders may have some legitimate beef with the Golden State.

  • Google Is Finally Ready to Make Nice With China

    A woman walks past a logo of Google in Beijing in April. (Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters)

    The last time Google offered its Internet services in China, it didn’t end well. In 2010, an unhappy, months-long—and very public—battle with Chinese authorities over the country’s web censorship rules culminated in the company’s decision to pull its all-important search engine out of the country.

    Now, five years later, Google appears ready to re-enter the market it once so vehemently shunned.

  • BlackBerry All But Gives Up on Smartphones

    Few companies better embody the idiom “oh, how the mighty have fallen” than BlackBerry. The once-dominant smartphone giant has watched its share of the mobile market dramatically shift to more innovative companies like Apple and Google. In 2009, BlackBerry boasted 42 percent of all smartphone users; by March 2015, that figure was a meager 1.8 percent.

  • How the Pope Is Helping Airbnb

    Manhattan in August (Brendan McDermid / Reuters)

    Pope Francis will soon be making a long-awaited visit to the U.S., with stops in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. His travel plans are keeping local businesses busy with preparations—and they’re also, apparently, really good news for Airbnb. The company said today that, thanks to the Pope’s upcoming visit, Philadelphia has become one of the company’s two fastest-growing markets in the last six months.

    The papal influence on Airbnb is very apparent in its listings.

  • Boeing's First Space-Taxi

    Since 2011, NASA has depended on the Russians to send its astronauts to space from a launchpad in a remote part of Kazakhstan. But it’s a cumbersome and expensive endeavor, so NASA is working to relocate everything somewhere much closer: Florida.

    Last year, NASA partnered with private companies Boeing and SpaceX and awarded them multi-billion-dollar contracts to develop American-built bases and spacecraft. This morning, Boeing unveiled the 78,000-square-foot processing facility where it will build its first-ever commercial-crew spacecraft.