Fountain Archive


Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Justin Pahl

Summer Evening Breeze

We endure the heat, and we wait. The sun steady in its track. Vicissitudes of light, shadows thinning, growing long. We endure and wait. Salvation in the hour before the hour before dusk. The s... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
The Fountain

Writing of Our Worries

1- Writing of Our Worries Original Article: Ramirez G. et al., Science 331, 211 (2011). We have had to deal with tests and exams in academic and professional life from childhood on. Though we are mo read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Hikmet Isik

Using Abilities On The Path Of God

Question: How can we make use of the abilities God has given us in the service of faith? Do we fulfill our responsibility with financial assistance only? Every blessing of God is an opportunity given... read more..

Issue 82 (July - August 2011)
Sebnem Unlu

The Life and Journey of a Leaf

I was created as a small bud on the dry branch of a huge oak tree. The oak tree is a great entity that protects me from being stepped on or eaten by animals. I serve life in many ways: I provide shade... read more..

Issue 81 (May - June 2011)
The Fountain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 80 (March - April 2011)
The Fountain

The Fountain Talks

2011 has started off with a bang. Many Arab countries are following the examples of Tunisia and Egypt. There is increasing public unrest as those countries rally to remove their self-appointed, long-t... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen

In Between Contrasts

Year in and year out, as a community we have been concurrently going around the “vicious” and “virtuous” circles of an assortment of strange occurrences. On the one hand, we tumble headfirst in the co... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Mustafa Tabanli

Human Brain and Crossing beyond Self

People everywhere seem to have an innate need to reach out to the ultimate, to connect with some larger reality beyond themselves. Might there be something in the structure of the brain to give clues ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Zuleyha Keskin

Effective Use of Education as a Tool to Shape Attitudes: the Australian Experience

We often think of education in the context of a classroom environment, where one teaches and the others learn; a monologue between the learned and the one seeking to learn. No doubt, classroom environ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Bernadette - Daniel Skubik


We meet you Our Friend in the beauty of countless vibrant hearts strongly sinewed in purifying love. We meet you Our Friend in the steadfast prayerful care of blessing hands and radiant fac... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Bedirhan Altunay

The Sun: The Source We Cannot Utilize

The sun gives out about 1.17x1031 kJ (kilojoule) energy every year. Only one and half trillionth of this energy reaches the Earth, 150 million kilometers away from the sun. 30% of that energy, in the ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Fethi Keles

Paths Ahead: Reflections on Bosnian Muslim Presence in the United States

This commentary offers a few reflections on the impact of the American experience on the formation of a Bosnian identity in the United States. I have befriended several members of two Bosnian immigran... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Joseph J. Salter

You Waste It, You' ve Lost It!

This is the Winner essay of our 2010 writing contest conducted in cooperation with Everest Productions. Participants were asked to write down to live out what truly mattered to them most assuming th read more..

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