Thomas Morton

Articles by Thomas Morton

  • Bio-Prospecting with Panama's Tree Sloths

    An international team of scientists in Panama has found a promising treatment for malaria, Chagas disease, and breast cancer in the most unlikely place: the mossy fur of tree sloths.

  • How Fucked Are Nukes?

    Tonight's episode of VICE on HBO covers the second major population intentionally exposed to atomic radiation—the Kazakhs living around the Semipalatinsk Testing Polygon.

  • Kazakh Charm Defensive

    Tonight on the HBO show we're hanging out with a bunch of Kazakhs whose genes were irreversibly fucked by the 450-odd nukes the Soviet Union set off in their backyard. But I'd like to talk about something even more dangerous than nuclear radiation: tradition.

  • The Wages of Boredom (It's Death!)

    The Christian doomsday community has a mantra—“we are living in exciting times”—which helps compensate for the fact that most of their personal lives are dull as dirt. Unfortunately for the rest of us, to fight their boredom they’ve decided to pay right-wing Israeli extremists to…

  • The Most Evil Thing I Own

    Nothing ups the value of a run-of-the-mill kitchen implement or piece of clothing like someone dying all over it. It's like smearing it with interesting butter. And—as with ghosts—the eviler the person who died on it, the heavier the smear.

  • I Fraught in a War

    Syria's Kurds won the war against Assad, which means now they get to fight al Qaeda and al Nusra. I spent approximately an hour at the front lines of this battle royale, and let me just say, no thank you.

  • Fringes

    Heroin Holiday

    Every August, while Europe's desk jockeys shut off their phones and head to the beach, the junkies of Prague set up camp in the poppy fields outside the city for a vacation of their own. For one glorious month, there are no cops to run from, no dealers to skirt—just acres of verm…

  • Fringes

    Heroin Holiday - Trailer

    Every August, while Europe's desk jockeys shut off their phones and head to the beach, the junkies of Prague set up camp in the poppy fields outside the city for a vacation of their own. For one glorious month, there are no cops to run from, no dealers to skirt—just acres of verm…

  • Fringes

    Mr. Hálek's Fungus

    Václav Hálek is the world's most prolific composer of mushroom songs. As in the songs they sing to him. The mushrooms. Because God asked them to.

  • VICE on HBO Extended

    Senegalese Laamb Wrestling's Marabout Ritual

    The most popular sport in Senegal isn’t soccer—it’s laamb, combining Greco-Roman wrestling moves with eclectic pre-fight rituals and dances. Laamb’s appeal has skyrocketed as the nation’s economy has plunged, and the top stars are the Michael Jordans of their country. In this seg…