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The Chemistry of Caffeine

A CHEMICAL BREAKDOWN OF YOUR FAVORITE STIMULANT Caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world, and a number of its users have no idea exactly how it works. The chemistry behind it is simple, yet even today some of its methods are still unknown to scientists. The Science Caffeine takes about 20…

Energy Drinks: A Taste Test

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE NASTY A blind taste test of seven popular energy drinks was conducted by the Ebbtide staff for… science. The results were a mixed bag of opinions — though some options stood out more than others. Our favorites vary and through a blind test taste, almost everyone was unimpressed by…

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Ebbtide Eats: Shake ‘N Go

Just down the road of SCC is an old-fashioned American diner with lots of charm. Situated in the chain of businesses neighboring Central Market is Shake ‘N Go, a restaurant whose sign is denoted with “gourmet burgers and wraps.” The restaurant, which has been in operation going on 10 years, is a convenient 11-minute walk…

Seasonal Suffering

TIPS TO TACKLE YOUR ALLERGIES Ah-Choo! Gross: now there’s snot all over your hands. Even worse: you sneeze three more times in a row simply because you’re outside. Welcome to spring — where seasonal allergies have become many people’s greatest adversary. In Washington state, peak pollination occurs around late March and late June, according to…

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The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

SUSTAINABILITY OR MARKETING SCHEME? The fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of the global carbon footprint, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Furthermore, the EPA estimates that the average American will throw away about 81 pounds of clothing this year. All of this 81 pound load will eventually reside in the ever-growing monstrosity…

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Green Sleeves

EXPERTS TALK ETHICAL FASHION In an increasingly environmentally-conscious world, what more can be done to help the planet? It just so happens that one of the answers can be found inside your own closet. Today, it feels as though the fashion industry favors quantity over quality. This decline of standards of affordable clothing in the…

Double Exposure: ‘The Fugitive’ (1963-1967)

“Double Exposure” is a column dedicated to bringing attention to classic film and television of note. Have you ever felt the sting of being blamed for something you didn’t do? What about being sentenced to die for a crime you didn’t commit? This is the dilemma of Dr. Richard Kimble, protagonist of ABC’s 1960s television…

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Ebbtide Eats: Taquería El Sabor

A COMFORTING MEXICAN EATERY In a world full of pseudo-Mexican restaurants (I’m looking at you Taco Time) serving cuisine named “mexifries,” taquería El Sabor constitutes an authentic and flavorful option close to SCC. Located about thirty minutes away from SCC by foot, El Sabor has been my reliable source of comfort food since the beginning…

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Music: The Greatest Escape

SCC STUDENT FINDS THAT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Summer is coming and there will be an abundance of new bands to go see, including SCC student Em Heffernan’s project Nessy. On April 20, Nessy opened a house show with a combination of eight-bit digital pop and jazzy rock. Heffernan’s vocals were clean and at times operatic…

All For Nothing

WHERE TEXTBOOKS FALL SHORT With a new quarter in full swing, an old problem may be facing students — and it comes in the form of a textbook. The pattern is familiar: Instructors will list required reading in the syllabus, and it will be purchased only to be returned later on. As a result, textbooks…

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