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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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Big Butterfly Count returns

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from bigbutterflycount.org/.

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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WellVet reopens ticket sales to online conference platform

Following the success of its online conference, the organisers behind WellVet Weekend have re-opened ticket sales to allow new delegates to access session recordings and its online networking platform.

The day-long conference saw more than 360 veterinary professionals mix activity sessions with personal development CPD, all hosted within a virtual conference platform. Now, with more than 500 minutes of CPD available, the resource is being re-opened to allow full access to the session recordings until May 2021.

Sessions are aimed at providing delegates with a range of proactive wellbeing tools to explore to find ways of improving their mental and physical health. Tickets are limited in number and on sale at wellvet.co.uk until 30th August 2020.