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Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 127 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.
Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
The Fountain

Science Square (Issue 92)

Caffeine as a repellent defense chemical Wright GA et al. Caffeine in Floral Nectar Enhances a Pollinator's Memory of Reward. Science, 2013; 339 (6124): 1202 Caffeine is thought to be a repellent de... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Dr. Rayna Flye

Surrendering to God: Understanding Islam in the Modern Age

Surrendering to God: Understanding Islam in the Modern AgeEren TatariTughra Publications, 2012 In this post-9/11 world, the word "Muslim" conjures up many images and has many connotations. Real knowl... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
The Fountain

Immigration in the World and in the Soul

Are you an immigrant? You may ask: who is not an immigrant? Recent statistics show that there are currently over 200 million immigrants in the world. However, this figure only reflects people who have... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
M. Fethullah Gulen

The Enigma of Time

Under no circumstances can it be said that any nation possesses a greater authority than others with respect to physical power or spiritual values. However, when it comes to managing time and utilizin... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Cihan Kara

New Nuclear Methods for Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

As we pass through life, we encounter several mental and physical illnesses. Given our physical make-up, we are vulnerable to various diseases and microbes. When our immune system goes down, we easily... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Alptekin Kavi

Organizational Commitment

Ever wondered why some people we work with go above and beyond workplace expectations while others hardly meet the minimum requirements? Or why some people work at one organization for a lifetime whil... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
The Fountain

Water: A Fine Balance of Life

Planet earth has been created in the most flexible and durable fashion that even in extreme conditions (in terms of temperature, pressure, pollution, pH, salinity, radiation) it allows for the existen... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Joanna Bodnar

I Am an Immigrant

I have come to the conclusion that life is a great irony. More specifically, human life is a great irony. Other organisms do not give themselves options. They fight for survival, they jump at every op... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Kadir Can

Cadherin and Catenin: The Nut and Bolt System of Cells

The human body is a great system made up of complex materials and tools. The molecular systems keep cells, tissues, organs, thus the entire system glued together. Just as we would not have been able t... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Seyfi Agirel

On Language and Man

“What a curious thing speech is! The tongue is so serviceable a member (taking all sorts of shapes just as it is wanted) – the teeth, the lips, the roof of the mouth, all ready to help; and so heap up... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Katharine Branning

Turning on the Labyrinth of Chartres

Last year in March, I was able to accomplish a wish that I had been holding for a long time: I walked the labyrinth of the Cathedral of Chartres in France.It was not my first walk on a labyrinth. That... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Mehmet Yildiz

Can a Filling Imitate a Tooth?

Teeth may lose their hard structure because of decay or various other reasons. The loss of the dental tissues raises many problems such as bad appearance in the mouth and weakening in the capability t... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Hamza Aydin

Water a Fine Balance of Life

“Water is everywhere around us and in us, tangible as sweat, visible as the high seas, invisible as the envelope of earth’s life-protecting atmosphere, and essential as blood. Water provides the matri... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Ma'rifa (Spiritual Knowledge of God)

Ma‘rifa literally denotes skill or talent, a special ability that belongs to certain people, and knowing by certain means. According to travelers on the path of God, it is the station where knowing is... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Ahmet D. Bahadir

Optimization in Nature Intelligent Solutions from Unintelligent Species

In recent years, nature-inspired algorithms have been gaining much popularity due to the increase in magnitude, complexity, and dynamism of many real-world optimization problems. Today, the size and c... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Hasan Aydinli

Passive Aggression A Bleeding Wound in Our Spiritual Life

“What did she mean with that look? Was she upset with the mess I left behind home? Is she angry with me?” Passive-aggression is frustrating to most people because it is not as easily identifiable or u... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Nuri Balta

Exploding Stars Supernovas

What is a supernova?The life of a star is affected by two main factors: while gravitational forces pull the gas contained in the star towards the center, pressure that is generated by the nuclear fusi... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Sarah-Mae Thomas

The Convivencia in Islamic Spain

For a period of almost four centuries, when Medieval Spain was ruled by the Moors, the believers in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam lived together in peace and harmony. La Convivencia refers to this ... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Musa Ilhan

Ascencion to His Mercy

As the water of ablution trickles down my faceAnticipation overwhelms me in the presence of His GraceCleansed is my body, before the purification of my soulAscension to His Mercy is my objective and m... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
Sefik Hikmet Toprak

"The Runners" and Motor Vehicles

The Qur’an points out scientific facts and wonders of technology in a variety of ways. Sometimes it states directly in plain terms that require little or no interpretation, sometimes it uses figures o... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
The Fountain

The Worst of all Tribulations

Question: It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, “Those afflicted with the severest trials and tribulations are the Prophets, followed by those (friends of God and righteo... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
The Fountain

Science Square

Getting Help from Cows to Treat Human Diseases Humans have been raising cows for their meat and milk for thousands of years. A new study suggests that our humble friends have even more to offer than b... read more..

Issue 94 (July - August 2013)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Message of Condolence to Egypt

The lands of Islam, heartbroken and abused, are shaking with the ongoing events in Egypt. Tears flow with pain and grief. It is regretful and heart breaking that the international community has not be... read more..

Issue 95 (September - October 2013)
The Fountain

How Much Are We In Control?

We are so saddened these days by what is going on in Egypt. People are being killed by their own army, and the world is silently watching. Their silence on Egypt is as deadening as it has been on Syri... read more..

Issue 95 (September - October 2013)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Happiness and Virtue: A Prophetic Example

Happiness is an ideal for which everybody longs. People endure all kinds of sacrifice for its sake. But what exactly is happiness? Is this question not one of the biggest enigmas bewildering mankind read more..

Issue 95 (September - October 2013)
Cezmi Aydin

Are Genes the Source of Behavioral Disorders?

We learn about a new gene everyday that is specifically associated with a certain human behavior or that causes a certain physical situation. One gene is responsible for crime, whereas another gene is... read more..

Issue 95 (September - October 2013)
Mucteba Muezzinoglu / Nate Emru Kiydal

Dispersing Hopelessness from the Depressive Thoughts: Is There Any Way?

Depression is a major medical illness that causes feelings of dispassion and lessens productivity in individuals. It is usually manifested as a feeling of hopelessness and associated with sadness or t... read more..

Issue 95 (September - October 2013)
Melissa McPen

Escherichia Coli: Good or Bad?

“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” Shakespeare once wrote in his famous play, ‘Hamlet.’ The philosophical questions “What is good?” and “What is bad?” have been discu... read more..

Issue 95 (September - October 2013)
Omer Arifagaoglu

Who Owns This Body?

“There are numerous perfect mechanisms put to work by our Creator in a fashion that is impossible for us to know; it is equally impossible for us to control each of them.” “This body is mine! Thu read more..

Issue 95 (September - October 2013)
Nuri Balta

Defining the Universe with Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the earliest sciences. As the expression of intangible thoughts, mathematics can also be considered an art form like painting or music. From this perspective, the possible use of... read more..

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