Given that we've been evolving for millions of years, and generally reckon it's our intelligence that's given us the edge as a species, it's perhaps surprising that we're all not a little bit brighter.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing have discovered a link between low birth weight and children diagnosed with autism.
Autism is more common in geographical areas with a high proportion of engineers and IT specialists, a Cambridge University study has found.
And, they say, this may be partly because autism is linked to skills seen as desirable in a tech-savvy society.
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have enlisted a specialized "Nao" robot to help teach autistic children.
Psychology professor Carrie Pritchard is creating a computer game not just for fun, but to help teach autistic children social skills. Pritchard - who received a $20,000 grant for the project - plans to design the educational video game with a focus on interaction and responsibility.