I think this is a good idea. Basically, you start a post with TIL and then write it with something interesting you found out today. I'll start.
Today I learned that if a trait gives a 1% reproductive advantage, in 1000 years, 95% of all organisms in the population will have that trait. On the other hand, if a trait gives a 10% advantage, it will only take 100 years for 95% of the organisms in the population to have the trait.
Edit: Thought this might also be interesting. If the advantage is 50%, it only takes 25 years. Finally, this is all assuming that the initial frequency of the dominant allele is 0.01 of the total gene pool.
Last Edit: Feb 12, 2016 17:54:48 GMT by TheCreator
Today, after looking in the Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis code for cut content (came across a file simply labeled "Spheno" and started guessing the un-shortened name of the cut dinosaur), I found that Tuatara are in the genus Sphenodon.
TIL that climate has an impact on languages: a recent study of 600 languages has shown that languages spoken in hotter, more forested regions of the world, like tropics, have more low-frequency sounds and have more vowels while those spoken in colder regions use more consonants. Here's a link for more details.
Also a few days ago, I learned that venus flytraps are able to count to 2 to differentiate between a prey and a drop of water. When an insect land on its leaves, it makes a first contact with the hairs on it, not closing them because it could be anything like a drop of water. But during the second contact, the sensitive hairs on the leaves will be stimulated to the point that the plant will close itself on its prey, traping it inside. Here's another link.
Today, I learned that coal progresses through "tiers" over millenia due to heat and pressure over time.
Dead plant matter that fails to rot is converted into peat, which is then buried and compressed into lignite (the first and lowest quality true coal). Lignite then becomes bituminous coal, which then becomes anthracite, the highest quality (highest energy content, fewest impurities).
What'd be cool is if the game kept track of where wetland biomes are generated as time passes so that they become coal deposits when they're gone.
TIL that the only thing that differentiates us, Homo Sapiens, from other Human species such as Neanderthals or even Apes like Chimpansies (except that if we had as huge testicles as they had, we would carry Melons in our Pants). It's not Language, because the other Humans propably did too. It's not the ability to lie, 'cause Apes Lie, for example by shouting "carefull Lions" even when there aren't any in order to steal each others food It's simply (or maybee not simply) the ability think/envision things that DO NOT exist. No Neanderthal, Homo Erectus or Gorilla will envision a Man with a Shakals head. WE DID. And prayed to him. Since we were able to create Gods from our imagination we were able to cooperate in larger groups than all the other "inteligent" beeings on this planet. IN a 1 on 1 fight a Neanderthal would rip any of us appart. But 10 Neanderthals against 150 Homo Sapiens (US)? Let's just call it an uneaven fight.
TheGraveKnight: Mostly the Mario and Luigi games. I could never beat Bowser's Inside Story because I can't mash Y fast enough to swallow something that is necessary to swallow to beat the boss.
Mar 29, 2017 0:41:13 GMT
Atrox: what i do is i simultaneously pull apart my thumb and fingers and press them back together at the same time. Instead of just moving your thumb away move both of them apart it brings them apart quicker and pushing them both together in unison brings them
Mar 29, 2017 2:41:48 GMT
nihilbene: Play SSBM for a couple years and you'll have no troubles button mashing (or at least pressing buttons repeatedly, frame perfectly), ever...
Mar 29, 2017 10:16:54 GMT
TheGraveKnight: If anyone else here plays SMITE, do you think I should get back into it? I've always had a hard time playing MOBAs by myself and alot of the stuff in the game require the micro-transaction currency. But I remember having alot of fun with it.
Mar 29, 2017 18:50:33 GMT
serialkiller: Is anyone else hyped for the uncharted dlc ?
Mar 29, 2017 20:16:39 GMT
phantomhunter01: I never worry about micro managing. I just play the game.
Mar 29, 2017 22:26:01 GMT
phantomhunter01: In related news, I am now opening a salt shop.
Mar 29, 2017 22:26:14 GMT
TheGraveKnight: Are we talking bath salt, table salt or anger salt?
Mar 30, 2017 0:40:04 GMT