# Is A Kilobit 1,000 Or 1,024 Bits?: A Mathematical Debate Explained

What is a kilobit equal to? The answer is 1,000 bits, but some people say it should really be 1,024.

What is a kilobit equal to? The answer is 1,000 bits, but some people say it should really be 1,024.

You indirectly use random numbers online every day—to establish secure connections, to encrypt data, perhaps even to satisfy your gambling problem. But their ubiquity belies the fact that they're actually incredibly difficult to find. This is the story of where they come from.

Archimedes was the greatest mathematician of antiquity. He was also a lover of puzzles, which he would devise and pose to his contemporaries. This week, we present you with two versions of what is arguably Archimedes' most challenging puzzle ever.

Pirates, of course, are notoriously greedy – but they're also incredibly shrewd. And don't forget, they'll kill you, if given the chance.

This puzzle would be a lot easier without the blindfold. Are you up for the challenge?

Last week, we asked you to solve 'The Hardest Logic Puzzle In The World." This week, we're asking you to do it again – with a brand new puzzle.

The always-excellent Vi Hart (previously) gives one of the most engaging explanations of multiple infinities we've come across in some time.

Chances are, you've used one of the many useful calculating tools available online: How much would a monthly mortgage cost me with today's interest rates? What time is it on another continent? But there are far more exotic and weird calculators on the Internet. Here are ten of the most unusual.

Statistics are used by scientists, medics and corporate types every day to predict what the future holds—but that doesn't always mean they do it right. In this video, Sci Show explains some of the quirks of statistics, and how you can use them to work out the odds of pretty much anything.

For the past century, an obscure mathematical principle called Zipf's law has predicted the size of mega-cities all over the world. And nobody knows why.

This is an American blog, but I am a British blogger. That naturally causes occasional tensions, especially when it comes to spelling. And the biggest issue? Math or maths.

There's seemingly no limit to the power of Lego, and in this video Hans Rosling uses it with great panache to explain the problems of population growth and climate change.

Some tastes just go together beautifully: lamb and rosemary, tomato and basil, peanut butter and jelly. But despite a new wave of molecular gastronomy, human imagination can only go so far—which is why scientists are developing computational chemistry techniques to predict the flavor combinations of the future.

The traditional free pie on Pi day (3/14) is here, so go grab a slice today at participating restaurants/pie shops/pie food trucks. [Walletpop]