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.