Issue 109

  • Hope

    2015 did not leave behind much of a legacy upon which we can build our new year’s hopes. But the future cannot be built upon hopelessness, nor can it be built upon fanta- sies – we have to face the sad realities of

    Published January -February 2016 - The Fountain

    A Self-Interrogation

    O ego! Escape the feeling of autumn and transform into a green meadow with birds flying around above you; be a spring so all those with burning souls come running to you; spread light like candles so those in darkness can see and

    Published January -February 2016 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Like Dissolves Like

    Can you imagine a cup of coffee, sugarless at the top but intensely sweet at the bottom? Likewise, imagine a bowl of soup without salt at the top but over-salted at the bottom. Would these be enjoyable? We owe the joy of unifor

    Published January -February 2016 - F. Nurcihan Can

    Science and Religion in a World of Religious Pluralism

    We live in a time of deep division: will the coming years reveal an increasing number of partnerships between science and religion, or will we see a battle to the death between the two?

    The world has never been more re

    Published January -February 2016 - Philip Clayton

    The Discovery of Green Water


    The populations of cities, countries – and thus, the world – are constantly increasing. During the last two centuries, due to the impact of industrialization, human welfare has improved in parallel with a major leap in pro

    Published January -February 2016 - Harun Avci

    Jennifer’s Baby

    "I don't know how you do this?" Hannah said with a smile. "You have to plan first and plant later” Jennifer told her. Then she answered all her questions patiently and went into details about how she tended

    Published January -February 2016 - Nihal Balci

    The Fallacy of Vestigial Organs: Outer Ear Muscles

    The outer ear (auricula) is an oval structure, its wide part facing upwards. When we look at the auricula, we think that it is only composed of skin and cartilage. However there are nine perfectly positioned muscles present

    Published January -February 2016 - Arslan Mayda

    The Intricate Beauty of the Nervous System

    The human body is comprised of many systems, but none quite like the nervous system. This enigmatic system runs throughout the whole body, accomplishing millions of tasks every second. It is the system with the largest numbe

    Published January -February 2016 - Brian Turk

    Wajd ( Ecstasy)

    Wajd (ecstasy) is overflowing with spiritual joy and enthusiasm, and rather than using reason, logic, or will, one follows the spiritual state in which one is. It consists of God’s surprising visit to the heart of one of H

    Published January -February 2016 - The Fountain

    The Art of Scaling In Biology

    Scaling in biology explains how a system’s characteristic is affected when another dependent factor changes. One of the prime examples of scaling has to do with metabolism. The average energy spent by a resting organism (t

    Published January -February 2016 - Ihsan Kose

    The Ramadan Journal

    Thursday June 18, 2015: the ninth month of the Muslim year and the beginning of the fast of Ramadan. The early hours of Thursday and already the sky is no longer dark. If I’d been up an hour earlier and I could have taken

    Published January -February 2016 - Lawrence Brazier

    Sea Algae

    Used extensively in the food industry, and serve as the raw material for plant fertilizers and many drugs used to fight diseases, seaweeds (or algae) are multicellular organisms that grow and develop in seas, rivers, and lak

    Published January -February 2016 - H.Arif Ustaoglu

    Emerald Hills

    It is the high season to view the spectacle of the earth,
    As spring has leaned upon emerald hills.
    Mirth in all villages, feasts everywhere,
    Magic spices incensing the air…

    Life springs from strea

    Published January -February 2016 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Recuperation of lost brain functions

    The brain of a newborn baby grows and develops very quickly. Within the first three years of life, the intense formation of new nerve cells (neurons), neural networks, and connections (axons, synapses, and dendrites) occur.

    Published January -February 2016 - Omer Arifagaoglu

    The Sanctuary of Salvation

    The sanctuary of salvation encapsulates our entire being as we attempt to engage with our Maker. Though we are infinitely distant from Him, He is ever close; He is Omnipresent. To Him, we whisper our deepest secrets, joys, a

    Published January -February 2016 - Musa Ilhan

    How can one reach his or her spiritual potential?

    First, it is important to practice concentrated contemplation, which should be directed both into one’s inner self and to the wider existence of the universe. This can be done through deep and comprehensive thinking on our

    Published January -February 2016 - The Fountain

    Potentially habitable Earth-like planet discovered

    Wright DJ et al. Three planets orbiting Wolf 1061. Astrophysical Journal Letters, December 2015.

    Astronomers from Australia have discovered the closest potentially habitable planet outside our solar system. They named

    Published January -February 2016 - The Fountain