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Editorial Snapshot: Greed of open access journal prompts walkout

- G.A., Senior Editor

The journal NeuroImage published by Elsevier has been hit by a mass walkout in protest of what has been described as "unethical" open access fees. The entire editorial board of the journal resigned due to concerns about the publisher's high open access fees, which limit the sharing of research to only those who can afford to pay.

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Science News: Can mice help the inebriated sober up faster?

– K.J., Editor

Alcohol induces a sense of relaxation in many vertebrates including humans and has been widely used by people to relax and lower their inhibitions to have fun. However, this care-free attitude can lead to trouble. Acute alcohol poisoning is an ever-present risk of excessive alcohol consumption, so moderate drinking has been advised by the Brewers Association of Japan as a safe way for adults, particularly young adults, to consume alcoholic beverages safely.

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Editorial Snapshot: GPT-4: Implications for the future of academic endeavor

- C.C., Editor

The past four months have seen a precipitous explosion of progress in the field of generative AI. Only a few short months after we first published our editorial on the release of the GPT-3.5–based ChatGPT, the latest model trained by OpenAI, GPT-4, has been made available through the ChatGPT Plus subscription to any paying user, and through the OpenAI API to limited numbers of beta testers in the commercial and academic sectors.

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Science News: Environmental benefits of working from home

– K.J., Editor

Great innovations often follow great adversity. Disasters–whether man-made (war, hazardous chemical spills, climate change) or natural (pandemics, typhoons, famine)–present global issues that must be overcome. For instance, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid advancement in mRNA vaccination and other pharmaceutical drugs that have changed the medical industry in a very short time. On a more anthropological level, research has been re-energized into the effects of isolation, overwork and a work-life imbalance on overall health.

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