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Ford develops noise-cancelling kennel
The kennel uses similar noise cancelling technology to that found in cars and headphones.

Kennel could protect pets from the sound of fireworks 

Car maker Ford has developed a noise-cancelling kennel that can protect pets from the sound of fireworks.

The kennel uses similar noise-cancelling technology to that found in cars and headphones. Once microphones inside the kennel detect the sound of fireworks, a built-in audio system emits opposing frequencies that cancel out the noise.

Inspiration for the idea arose from technology that exists in Ford’s Edge SUV. When its microphones detect noise from the engine, the noise is counteracted using opposing sound waves from the car’s audio system - making the journey quieter for drivers and passengers.

“We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could be applied to help in other situations,” explained Ford of Europe’s Lyn West. “Could dogs enjoy quieter New Year’s Eve celebrations through the application of our Active Noise Control system?

"We have a few more ideas in progress as to how our everyday lives might benefit froma little Ford know-how."

The kennel is only a prototype but is the first in a series of initiatives that will apply automotive knowledge to help solve everyday problems.

Image (C) Ford of Europe.

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”