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These are the diagrams referred to in Episode 7, “Misfolded Proteins and Prions, Oh My!”


Map Of Castor Clone Players


Map of Leda Clone Players (will probably be outdated as on June 15 2015, because new episode.)

Show Notes

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In which we miss Paul, wonder aloud about clones and dominant handedness, and begin a longer conversation (to be picked up in the next non-episode episode) about proteins, prions and disease.

Alchemical symbols (as seen in The Island of Dr. Moreau and the Blue Period paintings of Rachel Duncan):

Genes and Handedness


If you’re interested in boning up before Episode 6 – Misfolded Proteins and Prions, Oh My! here is an article to start reading. It’s a good overview with introductory material.

Protein Misfolding and Neurodegenerative Diseases


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These are the diagrams and figures used to calculate the flight of the pencil from the fire extinguisher in Season 2 Episode 10 of Orphan Black, and covered in Episode 3 of the podcast. It turns out that you can use the Projectile Motion Simulator and skip all this, but then you’d miss the amusing force diagrams.

Episode 3 Diagram 1

Numbers for Calculations:

Pencil: 7″ = about 17 cm, weight = 8 grams = 128 grains, diameter = 1 cm, height = 1 cm.

Eye: 2.4 cm height, 2.1 cm length, 78% water (for density)

Brain: 14cm width, 16.7 cm length, 9.3 cm height

Fire Extinguisher: 195 PSI = 1344 kPa

Rachel Duncan = 5’7″ (with heels), distance from top of head to center of eyeball approximately 5″.

Distance between fire extinguisher to Rachel approximately 7 feet.

Angle of fire from fire extinguisher to Rachel’s eye: 14.5 degrees.

Episode 3 Diagram 2

Episode 3 Diagram 3

Show Notes: Episode 003 – They Saved Rachel’s Brain?


Force Diagrams with Measurements used can be found at

Projectile Motion Equations:

Projectile Motion Simulation (with bonus Buick and Michelangelo statue)

Inelastic Collision Calculator:

Transorbital Intracranial Injuries:

Transorbital penetrating Brain Injury images
S Matsumoto, K Hasuo, A Mizushima, F Mihara, M Fukui, T Shirouzu, and K Masuda
Intracranial penetrating injuries via the optic canal.
Am J Neuroradiol 1998 19: 1163-5
Daniel M. Bursick, Robert G. Selker.
Intracranial pencil injuries.
Surgical Neurology, Volume 16, Issue 6, December 1981
(NOTE:Article is paywalled: boo.)
Frontal Lobe: Functions and Injuries
The Centre for Neuro Skills | Brain Injury | Frontal Lobes

Neuropsychology (For samples of graded naming tests)
Phineas Gage

Phineas Gage: Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient

Isaac Newton Sticking Things in His Eye (from his notebook) (if you want to see a bodkin)

Show Notes: Episode 1 Leda and the Swan(Man)

Bullfinch’s Mythology: Full Text:

Theseus-Daedelus-Castor and Pollux:

The Trojan War:

Classical Source Material on Leda, Queen of Sparta

Leda and the Swan:

Castor and Pollux:
Size of the Human Genome:

Short Tandem Repeats and Familial Relationships:
(PDF of a PowerPoint presentation explaining how one assesses familial relationships via STR testing)


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