The pandemic isn’t just going to change how we live—it’s going to dictate where we live, too.
I like to think of inbreeding (line-breeding) kinda like a compression algorithm (specifically lossy compression / irreversible compression). You start with a file (dog population), remove data from it (genes), while still producing a good estimate of the original.
Genes are a lot like bits of data – individually they don’t mean much, but together they form a dog – a collection of data (a dog) completes a file (a dog population).
In a well designed lossy compression, the end result will be an acceptable approximation of the original, but with a smaller file size. Size can be reduced significantly before degradation is noticed.
Recompressing a file that has already been compressed via lossy compression will result in further degradation and smaller file size. Repeating this practice will eventually results in an exponential increase in defects and an exponential decline in approximation (accuracy).
In a well designed line breeding program, the output will also result in an acceptable approximation of the original, while reducing the population size considerably (due to diversity being discarded). Population size can be reduced significantly before degradation is noticed.
Continuing to inbreed on inbred dogs results in further degradation and smaller population size. Repeating this practice will eventually results in an exponential increase in defects and an exponential decline in approximation (accuracy).
Researchers fear a wave of data censorship after the manager of Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard is removed from her post
Why is there no option to search your own Instagram photos? So stupid.
There’s more to BBQ than Kansas City, the Carolinas, Memphis and Texas. These seven regional barbecue styles are every bit as much worth tracking down and devouring.
Seriously, what’s the deal with the moths this year? It’s insane how many there are in the evenings here.
Samsung has backed a startup that makes realistically-lit fake windows.
Maria Farmer was a young art student when Jeffrey Epstein threatened to ruin her career if she told of his abuse. Now, she’s picking up her paintbrush again to agitate for justice.