Fountain Archive

2011

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Selnur Hatice Yerli
7579

Cognitive Dissonance and the Psychology of Sin

Peter was a successful banker and the vice president of one of the biggest banks in the state. He was also a very intelligent guy who can “magically” transfer his customers’ money to his own account w... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Halil I. Demir
3731

Super Computer in a Cell

Since the first electronic computer ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was announced in 1946, computers have changed a great deal. As computers become more powerful and faster, their... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Mirkena Ozer
3735

Watermark

“It is a sin to waste water,” warns my mom. She might as well save her breath. After carrying water in pails and plastic bins from the first to the fourth floor of the building where we live, I know ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Ceyda Sablak
4256

Thinking

I was sitting by the beach and thinking about anything, everything, yet nothing all at once… The waves were in such a rush, like all the bustling people in the city. Maybe if you rush you will get m... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Irfan Yilmaz
4038

It's Us Peter! Your Teeth

Dear Peter…! We agreed with the other organs to explain the splendid art inherent in us to you; we have patiently waited our turn. Our aim is to remind you to look after yourself so you will continue... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Hikmet Isik
4825

Reproaching Our Fellow-travelers

Question: Different groups or individuals who do good work in their own way are sometimes critical of others for using different methods. What would you say about being critical of others on one hand ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
The Fountain
4638

"As if I ate" diet is effective

1- “As if I ate” diet is effective Original Article: Morewedge C.K. et al., Science 330, 1530 (2010). If you’ve had a chance to visit the Fatih district in Istanbul, then you have probably seen the read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
The Fountain
3901

Reading the Media and the Universe

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed,” quoted Barney Zwartz from Mark Twain on April 2 at the University of Melbourne. This short quo... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5812

An Ardent Prayer

The Almighty Creator is He whose existence is the origin of all existence, whose might is the source of power for everything, and whose will is the only means by which all things and events occur. The... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Bill Sayoran
5125

Divided They Survive, Together They Prevail: Quorum Sensing in Bacteria

Bacteria are single-celled organisms which are visible to the eye only under a microscope, hence are known as microbial creatures. Lacking specialized internal structures and (obvious) social interact... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Clare Julian Meryem Tuz
5646

Mary: Her Conception and the Birth of the Messiah

Why we chose Mary We are a small group of women of Turkish-Muslim and Catholic origins who became acquainted in the Spring of 2009 and immediately recognized our soulful connection with one another. ... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Mirkena Ozer
3692

Of Grapes and Guilt

Of all the details I remember from that ominous August day, what impressed me most was the sweat trickling down the workers’ faces as they harvested the vineyard. They carried crates filled with grape... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Ahmet Mir Fazil
3592

The Astonishing Story of Genome Organization: DNA Packaging in the Cell

Like most other experimental scientists, I hardly spend time in the library. In one of those rare occasions, while trying to find an article in an archive, I was truly amazed when I for the first time... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Erkan Acar
5024

Utilizing Social Capital through Exemplary Leadership in Schools

Introduction The United States and many other developed countries are becoming more multi cultural, multi ethnic, and multi racial than ever before. This may to a certain extent cause less communicat... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Ali Uguz
3210

The Onerous Journey of a Meatball

I was once a delicious meatball. I should, in fact, say "we," not "I," for I was a foodstuff with such ingredients as fats, carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins. Humans – especially kids – loved me v... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6416

Shukr (Thankfulness)

Literally meaning gladness felt about and gratitude shown for the good done to one, Sufis use shukr to mean using one's body, abilities, feelings, and thoughts bestowed upon one to fulfill the purpose... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Yunus Emre
4228

You Are the One I Need

Your love took me away from me, You are the One I need Day and night I burn gripped by agony, You are the One I need I find no great joy in being alive; if I cease to exist, I would not grieve, The... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Arslan Mayda
3855

Creation of the Zygote (Nutfah)

As all the living beings, human being is also created from a male and a female. Gametes (germ cells) of male and female are being coupled at the widest point of cervix within a time span of 12 to 48 h... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
P. Geoffrey Bakken
4241

Bringing the Soul Back In: A Spiritual Conception of Human Nature for the Social Sciences

The development of the modern social sciences has been intimately bound up with the Enlightenment belief that scientific investigation can be used towards the perfection of human society. Auguste Comt... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Stephen Pant
3830

The Islamic Propensity for Science

The naive view of religion and science sees them in direct opposition to one another, and given the chequered history of religion and science this is perhaps understandable. Examples such as the incar... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Belinda Sturgill
3557

My Treasure Jars

I can only imagine how I would feel if I knew I only had seventy-two hours to live. I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains and though I am forty-five years old their beauty still amazes me. The lush g... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Mustafa Tabanli
4386

Building a Story Line for the Universe Interview with Dr. Priya Natarajan

  Introduction Human beings have wrestled with questions about the origin of our existence and the fabric of our universe for thousands of years. This questioning formed the discipline of cosmology.... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Irfan Yilmaz
4786

It's Us Peter, Your Salivary Glands

Sometimes, when you get mad at someone, you feel like spitting in his/her face. But you should know that saliva is not a worthless liquid to be wasted by spitting. It’s not at all like the material yo... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
Hikmet Isik
5154

Tying Altruistic Work to Personalities

Question: What would you say about tying some altruistic work to certain individuals? The place of some individuals in altruistic work cannot be denied; however, individuals are not all there is to t... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
The Fountain
3840

When it comes to fighting flu, gut bacteria are on our side

1- When it comes to fighting flu, gut bacteria are on our side Original Article: Ichinohe T. et al., PNAS (published online before print 2011). Influenza, also known as seasonal flu, affects up to 5 read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
The Fountain
3894

Life

A documentary released in June depicted an assisted suicide. The man on the show was a millionaire, and sitting next to him was his wife as he drank the poison given to him by a doctor. Although the m... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5471

The Truth, Rights, and More

The Truth is one of the beautiful of names of the Divine, al-Haqq, which is linguistically both an infinitive and an adjective. Some of the meanings that flash through from the shade of the Truth are ... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Allen S. Maller
6684

Fasting on Ramadan and Yom Kippur

I am a Reform rabbi who has been studying Islam for more than 50 years. Reform Judaism is the largest branch of the three major denominations of Jews in America. I think it is vitally important for ou... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Anwar Alam
4153

Civic Service Without Borders

The Gulen Movement: Civic Service without BordersMuhammed ÇetinNew York: Blue Dome Press, 2009ISBN: 978-1-935295-08-2Hardcover, US$ 18.95400 pages “[The Gulen Movement] educates and socializes indi... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Cagri Sakalar
3548

Functional Art in the Nucleus: DNA

Volumes of books and hundreds of articles have been published about the structure and functions of DNA, since the day two renowned scientists from Cold Spring Harbor laboratories, who would later win ... read more..

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