Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Inventing new products for women's health, driving a wooden concept car, photos of SoCal's modernist architecture and more in our look at the web

1. Whales Are Eating Our Trash A recent surge in whale beachings (over 30 cases in Europe so far in 2016) is causing major concern for researchers and marine biologists. Not long ago, a necropsy of a beached whale revealed huge amounts of car parts and plastic waste, including buckets and netting in its stomach. Though the ocean waste may not have been the primary …

How Technology Transformed this Autistic Boy’s Life

In a video celebrating Autism Acceptance Month, Apple tells the touching story of young boy named Dillan Barmache, who overcomes the difficulties of his communication impediment through the use of an iPad. Using a special app to type out and then verbalize his thoughts, Dillan is able to express to his classmates, teachers, mom and friends the incredibly complex ideas going on inside his head. …

How Google Glass is Helping Kids With Autism

A revamped version of Google Glass is reportedly in the works, but scientists at Stanford University are making good use of the older Glass. They’ve programmed the device to help children with autism to recognize and classify the emotions of the people they see, giving them immediate context on their social surroundings. Taking it a step further, researchers are studying ways for children to retain …