The Bible literally
Is the Bible a document that should be taken literally? It depends on your belief.
May 17th, 2012
02:42 PM ET

The Bible literally

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) - President Obama’s statement last week in support of same-sex marriage has many consulting their bibles, trying to prove him wrong.

“God designed marriage from day one between Adam and Eve, a man and a woman,” said pastor Tim Carns of Calvary Bible Church in Burbank, California. “He said for this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife, the two shall become one flesh.”

Carns, a fundamentalist Christian, believes the Bible should be interpreted literally, as done with the passages mentioned above from Genesis. However, there are laws written in the Old Testament that even fundamentalists say are subject to interpretation. Leviticus 19:22 states, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination.” But Deuteronomy 2:5 tells us that a woman who wears men’s clothing is also an abomination.

Rabbi Morley Feinstein of University Synagogue in Brentwood, California agrees, but goes one step further.
“We have to recognize first of all that the bible was written for a particular age and time,” said Feinstein. FULL POST

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Waiting for a bus? Math may help
Cebrina Benson's Georgia Tech bus is equipped with GPS and a computer pad that allow her to drive without a schedule.
May 17th, 2012
02:25 PM ET

Waiting for a bus? Math may help

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

(CNN) - Georgia Tech student Alexandra Gaigelas takes a shuttle bus to get around the Atlanta campus. Many times, she waits too long for a bus.

"There's nothing more frustrating than standing at a stop, waiting for 10 minutes, getting on the bus and seeing another bus directly behind you.”

And that second bus is largely empty. It's called bus bunching, and it happens when buses are thrown off schedule because of traffic, weather or too many passengers at one stop.

And when those buses are off schedule, the drivers try to adjust. Student Sukirat Bakshi says he's been victim of a bus "drive-by."

“It happened to me where the driver just would not stop at a stop. They would just run off to catch up to the schedule.”

It turns out math can fix the problem. Georgia Tech professor John Bartholdi and University of Chicago professor Donald Eisenstein used complex algebra to develop a kind of anti-bus-bunching formula. They took what’s known as the Markov Chain through the wringer. It’s a math theory that shows predictable long-term behavior.