December 5, 2013

Bytes and bigger

Advent Computing: Bytes and bigger

We now know a single “1” or “0” is called a bit, and eight of them is a byte, the standard unit most computers use for handling numbers. But that’s not actually true. Or at least it’s an over-simplification. See, our Turing machine only ever...

Link to Rotary Evaporation

Advent Chemistry: Rotary Evaporation

Consider this: You’ve got a flask of liquid. In the flask is some solvent, and dissolved in it (along with probably some leftover bits and pieces of raw material that you don’t care about) is your product. How do you get the product out? You...

Advent Oil & Gas: Well drilling – bits and string

I’ve already mentioned drilling as part of exploration and appraisal, but how does it actually work?  The well-publicised image of an oil derrick is only the visible part of a complicated engineering system, intended to drill through immense thicknesses of rock and to extract valuable...