Fountain Archive

2016

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
The Fountain
1205

Exhausted, But Moving Forward With Hope

Around the world, many people feel exhausted. Americans are exhausted from their elections and revelations of troubling conspiracies. Europeans are grappling with waves of immigrants and unsettling ... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2084

“Let Us Speak with Our Hearts,” We Said

There are many concealed paths connecting all of our hearts. As every individual continues on their life journey, they will experience solidarity with other groups or people at surprising times, ei... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Brian Turk
1378

The Strategy Game of Our Immune System

The organs and systems of the human body work together in perfect harmony. If kept in optimal condition, they function for many years. Our body is the perfect environment for life, but not necessar... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Adeel M. Khan
1309

Archimedes Universe

Staring upwards at the vast night sky, which is riddled with stars, have you ever wondered just how many stars are up there? And more fundamentally, just how many things – i.e., particles – are up t... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Kamil Ezgin
1384

Mosquitoes for Painless Cure

Microneedles in Medical Treatment – Can Science and Technology Mimic a Mosquito Bite to Cure Diseases? There are biological barriers that protect the human body from various kinds of detriment... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Deborah Moldow
1403

A Culture of Peace

The 21st century finds humanity at a crossroads. After centuries of material progress have brought undreamed of comforts, and travel and communications opened the world to us, we have reached a per... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Dennis Joy
1441

Is It Possible to Measure Everything?

Over the centuries, humankind has spent a great deal of effort on measuring almost everything we encounter in our daily lives. Even the earliest societies attempted to express mass, length, and tim... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Mubina Muftic
1308

The Future of Staying Connected

The Web turned 20 in 2011 (the first web page was launched on August 6, 1991). Today, there are 644, 275,754 web pages, according to Netcraft.com, and even that is not the most accurate number, con... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1345

Ghayra ( Endeavor )

Endeavor (ghayra) literally means making every effort of concern, and being alert in striving to preserve chastity, honor, and esteem. It signifies being on the alert in respect of religious prohib... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Al Freeman
2280

Letting Beings Be

There is a growing awareness that the natural world cannot sustain modern civilization in its present form. Humanity must change if the whole chain of life is to continue living on Earth. A plausibl... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Abdullah Aymaz
2491

AFRICAN-AMERICANS, TURKEY, AND HIZMET

The story of African Americans and their encounter with Islam in the twentieth century is a fascinating American story featuring some celebrated names, like the great champion Muhammad Ali and the pol... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Tony Mitchell
2235

Through A Mirror Brightly

Historians and other students of history will look back at the 21st century and see that it passed through three phases. The First Period This first phase saw a rise in conservatism, fueled by qu... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Geffrey Olsen
2231

When Our Brain Asks for Help Remembering

The first time you rode your bicycle, the first day of the school, or the time you ran into an old friend: all these may still be fresh in your memory. Immediately recognizing the faces of your fri... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Sophia Pandya
2861

NOT EVEN WATER! Turkey’s Refugees in America

Safiye is a teacher who fled Turkey a day before the July 15, 2016, attempted coup. She left to join her husband, who had already left in June and had settled in Seattle. With her eleven year-old ... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2273

The Lace Decorating the Beyond

On the slopes of emerald hills Voices and whispers stir our happiness Heavenly fountains cascade in all corners At the eternal reunion gates Every moment, each soul is wrapped in delights... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
Melissa McPen
2344

Nature Inspired Self Cleaning Surfaces – An Example of Lotus Leaves

How small is “Nano” scale? For most of us, it is difficult to imagine such a small unit of measurement. To help you imagine how small Nano scale is, here’s a comparison: a sing read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
The Fountain
2465

Consultation and Submission

Question: When a consultation committee makes a decision but the decision seems to contradict some of the participants’ minds and opinions, then what would be the best attitude for them to take moving... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
The Fountain
2285

Science Square

Neutralizing the Zika virus Sapparapu G et al. Neutralizing human antibodies prevent Zika virus replication and fetal disease in mice. Nature, November 2016. Scientists have identified a human a... read more..

Issue 114 (November - December 2016)
The Fountain
2187

Establishing Perspective

In this issue, we are celebrating Black History Month with Laila Muhammad. The grandchild of Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam, and the daughter of Warith Deen Mohamed, she is re read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
The Fountain
1065

Old School vs. New School

This issue’s lead article is about a clash between the old way of thinking and the new one. This struggle could be best described as the inner struggle of a lobster which is trying to break th... read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
M. Fethullah Gulen
1834

Hearts Are Seeking Love

We live in a time of strife between the old and the new schools of thought. The old school failed to renew itself. The new school consumed itself with objections and fantasies. Undoubtedly, both sch... read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
Betul Aydin
1094

The Bloody Waters in Taiji

Imagine getting cornered by an immense group of another species. They surround you with a wall of loud, sharp noises, imprisoning you and sending a frightening jolt throughout your whole body. Terri... read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
Faisal Warsani
1170

THE ALHAMBRA - A Palace Layered with Ornament

“But the building’s identity resided in the ornament.” These words, from architect Louis Sullivan, are an apt description of most Islamic architecture, which are closely connected read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
Halil I. Demir
1109

Our 3D Printed Future: From Electronics to Living Organs

The emergence of 3D printing promises to revolutionize how things are designed, produced, and distributed. And although these changes present real opportunities, they also pose some unexpected dang... read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
Daniel Hummel
1110

Dealing with Incivility in Online Interfaith Dialogues

Over the last few decades, the world has become more interconnected through developing technology like cell phones, laptops, and, especially, the internet.  There are many benefits from this connec... read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
Noah Weaver
1050

Metals Have Character Too!

Whether in the form of cars, planes, or household appliances, we interact with metals almost every day. Despite the ubiquity of metals, most people never stop to think about their characters – or t... read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
Zuleyha B. Ozturk
1312

Micro Expressions: The Truth Is in the Face

Have you ever seen someone who, for a split second, looked happy when they weren’t supposed to? What you saw was a masked micro expression. Micro expressions are automatic facial expressions t... read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
Victor Putnam
1125

Nanotechnology in Issus Coleoptratus

Long before human beings started using them in machinery, gear systems that worked through mechanical interaction existed in the morphology of many living creatures. Researchers have recently disco... read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
The Fountain
1013

Qalaq (Passion)

Literally meaning boredom with the place where one is and with the surrounding conditions, feeling discomfort as if in imprisonment or captivity, qalaq (passion) is intense love, deeper than the des... read more..

Issue 113 (September - October 2016)
Bernadette - Daniel Skubik
1299

Interfaith Dialogue: Reflections from Korea

Interfaith Dialogue is critical to the future of a peaceful world. It cultivates understanding and peace between groups of people. This is no less true for believers within the Abrahamic traditions... read more..

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