Answer: extemporaneous utterance from Bill Schonley (aka the voice of the blazers) in their inaugural season which has stuck ever since. Doesn't really mean anything.
I realize this isn't reddit, but, AMA.
I wasn't involved much in the study design in terms of the sampling methods themselves, but I did the site selection for the portion of our study that ended up published. It's been a few years but I still know it like the back of my hand.
I did all of the sampling itself and a large portion of processing the samples including the GC-MS portion. I was not involved much in the analysis except as a sounding board.
To address some of the concerns brought up thus far:
1) There are no known natural sources of caffeine in Oregon. There exists some coral in the indian ocean that secretes caffeine but nothing here locally, off-shore or terrestrial. Caffeine is not the best example, but, the idea is that it is a marker of human impact. We focused on waste water here because it's the most likely source.
2) Yes, you can accurately measure levels of ng/L. Yes, it's a pain. We actually did about a year of sampling, modifying our procedures, and tests before we were able to confidently prevent and rule out source of contamination. This even included not consuming caffeine in proximity to samples or before doing work with them.
3) I've not yet read the final paper (no uni access any more) but the other portion of the study we did was dosing pacific mussels with caffeine in a controlled environment. We looked at stress proteins, which are formed in response to environmental stressors, most notably heat. We did not observe an effect at the levels we measured in nature.
4) Excretion rate from humans is about 5%. Depending on the wastewater treatment regimen, primarily based on tertiary treatment like carbon filtering (very rare) and residence time, anywhere from 0% to 100% of caffeine can be removed. Further study here is necessary.
5) The half-life of caffeine in the environment is primarily heat related. Based on other studies we referenced, it's much longer in seawater. Off the top of my head the magnitude was on the order of 200 days in seawater vs 60-90 in fresh water. You should read the paper/references for exact numbers. This is far longer than the transit time from excretion to the ocean for most wastewater treatment. It does not bio-accumulate.
Why are you giving a wine recipe and not a recipe for hard alcohol?
You missed Portland International Airport, for one that I can see just on a quick glance. I suspect there are more that I am not familiar with as well.
Portland, OR is one of the roughest job markets in the country right now. Good luck finding a job as someone out of the area; many of us here can't even find work
Except, that's actually a counter-example. It's always "Watson and Crick"
If you think that the Grand Canyon, or any desert region really, is without any plant or animal life at all, you're not paying attention
Boo doesn't denote the name of a friend. It's an SO or lover
IOW, you have no idea what netbook means.
Pho Thanh still treats their workers like shit, but I don't think Mr. Long beats people these days. I know a girl who worked there for a few months; they treated her better than the other women because she's white.
Mediocre pho, cheap prices, and indeed very convenient.
Supreme court appointments are for life. They are not subject to impeachment or involuntary removal.
Quantum doesn't mean small, and quantum leap is not meant to imply anything about the magnitude of the change. Rather, it refers to the discontinuous nature of the change
Do not pervert the word computer to mean freedom
A computer is simply something that performs maths.
Except Office Home and Student is just a product title, not a special student-only version.