Issue 96

  • Being the White Crow

    Being The White Crow

    Abandoned. Pushed away. Cornered. All alone. Betrayed. Away from home… these are very familiar human feelings, things we've all experienced at various points in our lives. The most grievous of the

    Published November - December 2013 - The Fountain

    Forlorn Ones

    "You are a forlorn one in this world
    Ergo laugh not but cry o heart!" (Yunus Emre)

    Forlorn ones are only a few; a few heroes of the heart, and unknown holy ones. A forlorn person is one who sighs and groa

    Published November - December 2013 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Philosophy of Science

    Science deals with descriptions of phenomena;, it does not deal with the explanation of matters beyond. Explanation is the realm of metaphysics and is known as the “philosophy of science.”
    How we explain

    Published November - December 2013 - Eren Tatari - Yamina Mermer

    Recyling Cellular Trash: A Micro-level Fasting Phenomenon

    Recycling in the cell (autophagy) is important to generate energy and to produce new cellular units. What is interesting, though, is that autophagy is primarily activated via fasting.

    With all of its faculties, a human

    Published November - December 2013 - Abdullah Acar

    Illness: Friend or Foe?

    How the "Remedies for the Sick" Make a Change in Life Possible

    Life, illness, and death are basic human conditions. But at the same time, it is a very individual decision which specific meaning you ascribe to the

    Published November - December 2013 - Erdogan Karakaya

    When To Eat Fruits?

    One of the requirements for maintaining life is the balanced consumption of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates (saccharides) are commonly known as sugars.

    A sugar is a monosaccharide if it is made up of

    Published November - December 2013 - Omer Arifagaoglu

    Miraculous Migration of Monarch Butterflies

    Many birds, such as white storks and swallows, have been known to migrate, each year, from one region of the earth to another. Aside from birds, there are also mammals, reptiles, fish, and even butterflies that migrate. Among thes

    Published November - December 2013 - Pinar Celik

    Planet Without Laughter

    Though we cannot see humor, like faith, we perceive it all around us.

    Once upon a time there was a planet in an unknown corner of the vast universe. For a long time, this planet was distinguished by having inh

    Published November - December 2013 - Mustafa Veysi Nural

    Ashq (Ecstatic Love)

    'Ashq means intense love of and fondness for perfection, beauty, or physical charm. Sufis usually call this sort of love, for example, love for the opposite sex, figurative or metaphorical love. Real love, the love of the King of

    Published November - December 2013 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    One Step, A Thousand Operations

    How good are we aware of the operations of systems and mechanisms that make us walk?

    Costly research and development efforts are under way in centers throughout the world seeking to build walking robots by mimi

    Published November - December 2013 - Kemal Serce

    (Dis) Honor Killings: How Islam Can Help Prevent Them

    It has been claimed that many crimes against women are carried out in the name of Islam, and that the religion condones the poor treatment of women. For the purpose of this essay, "honor killings" will be examined from both a cult

    Published November - December 2013 - Kim Soltani

    The Hajj: Its Spiritual Meaning and Aspects of Worship

    As one of the most spectacular religious assemblies in the world, the annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is more than just visiting holy lands and connecting with the historical legacy of Islam. There are important spiritual

    Published November - December 2013 - Mehmet Ozalp

    The Quest for a Habitable Planet

    A planet outside the solar system was first discovered in 1995. As of 2013, the number of planets outside our solar system has reached more than 850. Within the last two years alone, more planets were discovered than in all the ot

    Published November - December 2013 - Murad Nebiyev

    I Am Calling You, Friend

    Oh the beauty in my heart
    I'm calling you friend, oh friend.
    Thousand pieces torn apart
    I'm calling you friend, oh friend.

    I'm filled with the love of thee
    Mistaken my piety,
    Lost my mind in ecs

    Published November - December 2013 - Niyazi Misri

    Little-Known Rare-Earth Elements

    Will there be wars over elements like there have been over petroleum and water? What element have we been using in color televisions? What substance is used to make energy saving, environmental light bulbs?


    Published November - December 2013 - Kadir Can - Mehmet Ramazanogl

    Smoking and Reproduction

    Harming our bodies or health is a betrayal against this incredible gift. One of the major ways people harm the body is through smoking cigarettes.

    Smoking harms human health in countless ways. It is one of the

    Published November - December 2013 - Mehmet Cihanoglu

    Jihad: What Is It and What Is It Not?

    Islam is the name of a religion – it is not a political ideology, nor is it an economic doctrine. However, as a religion, it does embrace a variety of universal principles concerning the fields of politics, economics, and jurisp

    Published November - December 2013 - Ahmet Tarik

    How To Respond To Hostile Attitudes

    Question: How should we respond to hostile attitudes towards believers?

    Whatever the conditions may be, a believer should not go out of the frame of good manners, civility, and decency, for others ascribe all of

    Published November - December 2013 - The Fountain

    Science Square

    Mini "human brain" in a dish

    Cerebral organoids model human brain development and microcephaly

    Lancaster et al. Nature, September 2013

    A recent study reported the first living model of the

    Published November - December 2013 - The Fountain