The Fountain 2016 Essay Contest Shortlist

Here are the 36 writers who qualified into the shortlist. Winners will be announced on March 31. Good luck!

Afrouz Razavi; Amos Abi, Oleh; Arte Krasniqi; Aura Truelove; Claudia Verona; Denise Faye Oliva Tabilas; Duncan Rowan Ireland; Elizabeth Jaeger; Faleeha Hassan; Gabriella Brand; Giusi Catarinolo; Helen Stead; Janette Conger; Jessica Ornelas; JG Horta; Joel Moodley; Karina Nava-Melchor; Kathleen Jacobson; Khajira Christopher; Lawrence Brazier; Mansurni Abadi; Matthew Hawk Eldridge; Michael Mardel; Michael W. Smith; Mike Brinkac; Nuran Elif Öztürk; R. D. Rogers; Ray Mwareya; Rebecca Foster; Rosemary McKinley; Salma Hany Abdel Fattah; Santiago Selva; Sifon Ikpe; Suzeth Lozania; Terri Doby; Valentina Locatelli

Issue 102

  • Rights, Justice, and Games

    One picture that has been viral these days depicts a diver next to a giant shark. It reads "This is the most dangerous animal in the world. It is responsible for millions of deaths every year. By its side, a great white shark swim

    Published November - December 2014 - The Fountain

    Right vs. Might

    In a world where right is equated with might, we must learn that what is truly right is pursuing basic human rights and dignity for all.

    The highest ideal of human life is an individual elevating to unite with thei

    Published November - December 2014 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Brittlestars: Fabricating Microlenses with Perfect Geometry

    The unity underlying nature manifests itself in many different forms. Sometimes various "things" work towards accomplishing only one task while sometimes only one "thing" is utilized in many different tasks. We can already see cou

    Published November - December 2014 - A. Ali Eren

    Revisiting Psychokinesis: Time, Ether, and Kozyrev

    For many of us ordinary people, time is nothing more than how long we spend at work, at the gym, or the hour at which we come home to meet our families. But time is also a phenomenon; many scientists and philosophers strain their

    Published November - December 2014 - Abdullah Aymaz

    The Minimum Work Principle in the Universe

    Gravity is usually accepted as the reason behind the fall of every object we drop. Physicists, however, associate this fall with the trend of an object to reach the lowest potential energy level. Yes, even though in terms of caus

    Published November - December 2014 - Ihsan Kose

    Gamification: A Tool for Motivating Children

    Jack had been the ruler of the village for more than six months. He had many ups and downs during this time. He was not complaining, as he knew that he chose to take this responsibility and didn't have the right to complain. But t

    Published November - December 2014 - Ahmet Tugra

    Bipolar Equation

    Hello. My name is Bernoulli. Bernoulli Equation, to be more precise. One of the best established and most beautiful equations in the history of science. I am the spirit of the elegant curves on the aircraft. I am at work in every

    Published November - December 2014 - Sermed Ogretim

    How Much - if any - Alcohol is Safe?

    Findings show that even though some findings have suggested health benefits for light alcohol consumption, risk of cancer increases with "any" sort of alcohol consumption.

    Every thirty minutes, a person dies in an alcohol r

    Published November - December 2014 - Asli Tahan

    Animated Vignettes in Character Education

    It is obvious for many people that to ensure a safe school environment for students, it is needed to realize the early detection of problematic behavior through school violence prevention or reduction programs. J. Bowen, Jenkins,

    Published November - December 2014 - Namik Top

    Absolute Justice and Bediuzzaman's Cup

    Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (d. 1960) defines justice either in terms of absolute, as opposed to relative, or positive, as opposed to negative. In this paper we explore the absolute nature of Nursi's approach to justice, with the ai

    Published November - December 2014 - Hasan Horkuc

    Riyada (Austerity)

    Riyada (austerity), which we can describe as disciplining life, appetite and thirst, and sleeping and waking only in order to develop the feelings of praise for and thankfulness to God and balancing these by keeping them within th

    Published November - December 2014 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Imitation Teeth: Implants

    Our teeth were designed in a harmonious and organized fashion, just like each and every particle of our body. It becomes unbearable when one tooth is missing, as this harmony is spoiled. Dentists are trying to compensate for such

    Published November - December 2014 - Hasan Ali Gunes

    21st Century Skills for Students

    Economic projections for the next fifty years indicate that, both within the US and world economies, there will be an explicit shift in the Qualifications needed from the adult workforce; these reports urge citizens to take action

    Published November - December 2014 - Alpaslan Sahin

    Love Is...

    I had been asked to talk about love at a gathering right after Valentine's Day. I thought about this talk for a month. I could not find anything to say. It is so hard to talk about love - it can't be described, understood, limited

    Published November - December 2014 - Nihal Balci

    Never Say "I Will Eat My Hat"!

    It had been only 23 weeks since we got the good news that we were going to have our first baby. However, on that warm September day, we were also told that the delivery was quite close. Considering that a full-term birth usually o

    Published November - December 2014 - Tugrul Cagri Yavuz

    Promoting Global Fellowship around the Kitchen Table

    As a child growing up in rural Illinois in a small farm town, I only dreamt that I would some day travel beyond the boundaries of my homeland. No one in my circle of relationships traveled very far from home, so I was left with my

    Published November - December 2014 - Gary Behrman

    By the Pen

    and the deeds that are not revealed yet,
    I am an ink without pen;
    I am a pen without ink,
    both without paper.
    I am all,
    I am neither;
    I do not know
    anything other than things bestowed upon.
    By the Nun
    an

    Published November - December 2014 - Sumayya B. Sharaf

    Islamic Civilization and Science: A Forgotten History

    If you are interested in Muslims' contributions to science and some of their inventions, this interview may be an enjoyable read. We paid a visit to Professor Salim Ayduz, a historian of science who is presently a senior researche

    Published November - December 2014 - Salim Ayduz

    The Islamic world and cultural revival

    Question: The Islamic world has been in a period of stagnation for a long time regarding scientific development and cultural life. What are your thoughts?

    The most significant task falling on our shoulders nowadays i

    Published November - December 2014 - The Fountain

    Science Square

    Newly Discovered Particle Is Both Matter and Antimatter
    Observing Majorana fermions in the ferromagnetic atomic chains on a superconductor.
    Nadj-Perge et al. Science, October 2014.

    In the universe, matter and anti

    Published November - December 2014 - The Fountain