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What Happens to Your Blood After it’s Tested?

After you’ve been pricked, prodded, and poked, pretty, little, crimson vials of your blood are shipped off to a lab, never to be seen again.

But what happens after it’s been tested? Is your blood fed to vampires in government warehouses to keep them from prowling the streets and feeding on people? Is it stored away in towering, futuristic refrigerators along with thousands of other samples for further experimentation?

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Tune-In Tuesdays #88: Child by Borito

Uplifting and imaginative, indie-pop band Borito’s recent single “Child” warps you back in time to the idyllic, summer days of your youth.

“Child” sounds as sweet as a Spongebob ice cream pop tastes — and it keeps you coming back for more, just like a Spongebob pop keeps you going back in for another lick.

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Bug’s Mega Merch Store Update: Jan. 9, 2021

Editor burgundy bug has just added nine new prints and four new stickers to her personal Etsy shop. And the best part? You can get 10 percent off your order using the promo code “BDZN10.”

All orders over $35.00 (USD) also get to enjoy FREE SHIPPING!

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5-HT2A: From Psychedelics to Psychiatry

“Serotonin” (5-HT) is more than just a buzzword tossed around by Gen Z and Millennials when something benign boosts their mood.

The beloved hormone has an array of functions throughout the body, with seven types of receptors nestled in your brain and peripheral organs. Each of these receptors has subtypes with labels A through D, as well.

But there’s one serotonin receptor that’s often shrouded in mystery and intrigue — the 5-HT2A receptor. This is the serotonin receptor infamous for its role in the psychedelic experience.

But there’s hardly any discussion of its functions beyond its role in tripping your face off and how that’s tied to your mental health.

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