What is the nuanced science behind homosexuality in animals and humans? Is there a single gay gene? No. No absolutely not. But how many songs could you fit into a gram of DNA, and why would you want to? And what are some of the most niche sports and why are they still so great?
We also learn about: Tom is an ally, 1500 observed gay animals from shrimps to apes, the adelie penguin story hidden for 100 years, dynamic region translation, dolphins are messed up, it’d be weird NOT to talk about gay animals, how is gay behavior evolutionarily beneficial? nuanced questions and bad actors, the myth of the gay gene, genes are complicated and so is being gay, the rage inducing paper that inspired this topic, Caroline’s brain is loading big numbers, what would you put write into dna?, making 70 billion copies of your own book, what’s a floppy drive?, the first iPod, the cost of DNA storage, the double but, different types of memory, storing data for longer than ipods will be remembered, we’re not allowed to take the piss out of these sports, roller derby, is throwing a goat any weirder than a sheep’s bladder or pig skin?, reaching your peak in your 40s, the sport popes have played, tickles that jiggly knowledge thing in my skull.
Homosexual Behaviour in Animals: An Evolutionary Perspective
An Alternative Hypothesis For the Evolution of Same-Sex Sexual Behaviour in Animals
A Genetic Study of Male Sexual Orientation
The Proof Against the Gay Gene
The Bad Article that Inspired this Topic
Pink News Analysis of The Bad Article that Inspired this Topic
The First DNA Data, Microvenus
200MB of DNA Storage with OK GO
The OK GO Music Video Stored in DNA
Testing the Stability of DNA Data
DNA Data Storage for 2 Million Years
The Time it Takes to Write DNA Data
Computerphile Explaining Reed-Solomon Compression
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