Wacky racing frogs

I just received this nice email and I thought I’d share it.

This e-mail is from Wacky Web Fun and is for the parent or guardian of jenii.

jenii has visited http://www.racingfrogz.org ( Frog Pond ), an edutainment website aimed at 7-13 year old children. The reason for us contacting you is that jenii has provided us with a first name and e-mail address (optional). We invite you to visit the site and check that the content is suitable and to check out our comprehensive privacy policy.

Racing Frogs is a simple entertainment experience that includes both a book and a website. The book is a "young readers novel" and is an ideal gift for 7-13 year olds. It can be ordered online; details are available at www.racingfrogz.org

Wacky Web Fun has sent you this e-mail to comply with COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

If, as the guardian of jenii you are not happy with Wacky Web Fun storing these details please follow the procedure below.

jenii: To completely remove this person’s name and e-mail address from the Racing Frogs database, please carry out following steps:

(removed by Maxine as provides Jenii’s password etc)

If you would like to check out the suitability of the book for your child please send a blank e-mail to frogcitybook@getresponse.com – we will despatch a sample of the book via e-mail.

With kind regards,

Julian Patrick
Author of Frog City and the Racing Frogs
Managing Director of Wacky Web Fun Ltd.

Of course, Jenny had asked me if it was OK before she subscribed to this website, but isn’t that a nice, reassuring email for a parent to get?

Autumn books:evidence for evolution

Here is another excerpt from a book reviewed in Nature’s Autumn Books supplement. The book is called "The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution" by Sean Caroll, and the reviewer is Brian Charlesworth. As before, this review is subscription-only, so let me know in the comments if you’d like me to tell you how to read the full version.

"Sean Carroll begins his excellent book The Making of the Fittest by pointing out that about 50% of the American public doubt the truth of darwinian evolution, yet accept other aspects of biological science, such as the use of DNA in forensics. His aim is to use evidence from modern research on DNA to convince the general reader of "the case for biological evolution as the basis for life’s diversity, beyond any reasonable doubt". He deliberately does not introduce any of the standard evidence for evolution as a historical process, and only briefly describes the use of DNA sequence data to reconstruct phylogenies. Instead, he uses a series of examples intended to provide compelling evidence for the basic processes involved in evolutionary change, with particular emphasis on mutation and natural selection."

The full list of Nature’s Autumn Books reviews can be seen here.