TIME Design

The Minions Get Their Very Own Color From Pantone

Pantone Minion Yellow
Pantone Pantone Minion Yellow

This is color that will make a lot of people 'Happy'

For the first time in three years, the Pantone Color Institute has revealed a new color — and it has some despicable origins.

“Minion yellow,” inspired by the tiny creatures from the Despicable Me franchise and the upcoming prequel Minions, is the latest addition to the company’s color matching system, which is used by designers and artists. The company says the color came about after Pharrell Williams, who sings the song “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 film, first came up with the idea and the Pantone team worked with animators at Illumination Entertainment to nail down the specific shade of Minion yellow.

“Color is contextual and right now there is a desire for colors that are more vibrant and uplifting,” Pantone Color Institute vice president Laurie Pressman said in a statement about the new color. “This is especially the case with the yellows, so given the worldwide popularity of the Minions, it seemed only natural to name a color after a character for the first time in our history.”

Minions hits theaters on July 10.

TIME food and drink

You Can Now Bathe in Ramen Noodles

The ramen craze just went one step further

Ramen is one of the latest food crazes to sweep America, but when it comes to the noodle dish the Japanese don’t mess around.

Yunessan Spa House in Hakone, a south-eastern town in Japan, is now offering ramen baths for its clientele. The bath, consisting of ramen pork broth and synthetic noodles, allegedly helps improve patrons’ skin.

Ichiro Furuya, the owner of the spa, claims, “Lately people are very concerned about having beautiful skin, and they know the effect of collagen, which is contained in our pork-based broth. At this bath, everybody can have fun and take advantage of the healthy elements of ramen noodles.”

TIME viral

Christopher Reeve and Adam West Are Back in This Batman v Superman Spoof Retro Trailer

Here's one for the purists

Are you one of the vocal fans dead-set against the upcoming Batman v Superman film and its cast? This is the trailer for you.

The remixed trailer takes the ominous voiceover audio from the trailer of the real upcoming film—which stars Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman—and mixes it with old-school footage of Adam West and Christopher Reeve playing the two superheros.

People who were fans of the characters—before comic book movies got all dark, that is—should be pleased. See the actual trailer below.

TIME celebrities

Watch Taylor Swift’s Mom Give a Moving Speech at the Country Music Awards

"And to the fans: I know you love her as I love her"

The love is flowing in the Swift family. At the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, Andrea Swift— mother to Taylor Swift—took the stage to present the Milestone award to her famous daughter.

In front of a cheering audience, Swift spoke proudly of her daughter, saying, “For many years, I was her constant companion. And I witnessed a young girl with very few friends become one with many, learning to stand up for herself and the things she believes in. Being brave enough to explore her musical curiosity, having a voice against those who hate, and giving of herself to those in need.”

“I am a very proud mom,” she added. “I want to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans: I know you love her as I love her. And for that, I thank you eternally.”

Taylor Swift revealed this month that her mom had been diagnosed with cancer following a health screening.

Watch the full speech here:

TIME celebrities

Here’s the First Picture of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s Baby Boy

The littlest Timberlake is a Grizzlies fan

Just a week after Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel became new parents, they’ve introduced the littlest Timberlake to the world via Instagram.

On Sunday, Timberlake posted a snap of his wife holding their son, Silas, who was dressed in a tiny Memphis Grizzlies basketball shirt. (It’s dad’s favorite team)

The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR

A photo posted by Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) on

The photo included the caption, “The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR.”

The couple has reportedly made plans to raise their son in Montana, away from Hollywood paparazzi. But we’re likely to catch a few more pics of little Silas from his social media-happy parents.

TIME Canada

Report Finds Radio Station ‘Condoned’ Presenter’s Sexual Harassment

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, left, and his lawyer, Marie Henein, arrive at court in Toronto on Jan. 8, 2015.
Nathan Denette—AP Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, left, and his lawyer, Marie Henein, arrive at court in Toronto on Jan. 8, 2015.

An independent report found CBC turned a blind eye to Jian Ghomeshi's behavior towards women

More than six months after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation fired its popular radio host Jian Ghomeshi amid revelations of sexual assault and harassment, an independent report has found that the broadcaster itself had failed to previously investigate complaints made about their star. The report, released on Thursday, determined that Ghomeshi’s behavior was “considered to create an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive work environment” and concluded that “CBC management condoned this behavior.”​​

After Ghomeshi was quietly fired from his gig hosting the CBC’s flagship radio program Q back in October, the 47-year-old star posted on Facebook that he had been dismissed because he enjoyed “adventurous forms of sex” and was being smeared by a jealous ex-girlfriend. Yet soon after the Toronto Star published a story featuring allegations by women who said that they had been punched or choked by the radio star without consent. The Star story also included allegations of sexual harassment by a former Q employee. The revelation spurred more women to come forward with their own allegations about Ghomeshi and, in November, the disgraced host was formally charged and now faces seven counts of sexual assault and one count of “overcome resistance – choking.” Ghomeshi has repeatedly denied that he inflicted any non-consensual violence.

For their part, the CBC said that the Ghomeshi was fired after executives saw what they described as evidence that he had physically injured a woman. But the company soon faced questions over when higher-ups were first made aware of Ghomeshi’s reported harassment of women in the workplace. Janice Rubin, an independent investigator and a Toronto employment lawyer who works in the field of workplace harassment, was hired to examine the CBC’s handling of Ghomeshi. Her report also found that the CBC had failed to provide its staff a workplace “free from disrespectful and abusive behavior.”

“Less prevalent, but also present in a small number of cases, was behavior that constituted sexual harassment,” the report adds, although it states that management was unaware of the allegations of harassment. The report says that when information about Ghomeshi’s behavior was shared “upwards,” it had a tendency to become “diluted,” and also cites three instances where management failed to investigate allegations and concerns about Ghomeshi’s behavior while he was working for the corporation.

The CBC also announced on Thursday that two managers — Chris Boyce, in radio, and Todd Spencer, in human resources — were leaving the company after having been placed on leave following the scandal. (The company declined to offer details on the executives’ departure.)

TIME Innovation

Meet The Robot Chef That Can Prepare Your Dinner

Moley Robotics An automated kitchen by Moley Robotics.

It can do a very pleasant crab bisque in less than 30 minutes

Ever since Americans were introduced to Rosie, the beloved robot maid on The Jetsons, way back in the 1960s, robotic household help has been the ultimate in futuristic dream products.

A new product from Moley Robotics might bring that future one step closer, as the company unveiled a robot chef on Tuesday at Hannover Messe, a trade fair for industrial technology in Germany. Comprised of two robotic arms in a specially designed kitchen, which includes a stove top, utensils and a sink, the device is able to reproduce the movements of a human chef in order to create a meal from scratch. The robot learns the movements after they are performed by a human chef, captured on a 3D camera and uploaded into the computer.

A few weeks before the robot chef was unveiled, Moley invited TIME to check out the robot and test its fare. In less than half an hour, the robot made a crab bisque, based on the recipe and technique of Tim Anderson, winner of 2011’s season of MasterChef in the U.K., who is working with Moley to develop the kitchen. From selecting the right heat level on the stove-top to adding the pre-arranged ingredients at just the right moment to operating a small mixer, the robot arms made the soup from scratch. It even plated up the soup, including scraping the bottom of the ladle against the rim of the saucepan in order to prevent drips.

Why crab bisque? “Crab bisque is a challenging dish for a human chef to make, never mind a robot,” explains Anderson. “If it can make bisque, it can make a whole lot of other things.” When asked if he feels at threatened by seeing a machine expertly recreate one of his recipes, Anderson is somewhat surprisingly on the side of the technology. “Some people ask if this is going to put my out of a job. This has already given me a job.”

Comparing the robot to cookbooks and YouTube tutorials by professional chefs, Anderson says, “I think it’s going to help people build brands.” The aim is to have professional chefs record themselves cooking their own recipes so that the robot will be able to mimic the techniques and replicate the dish. Anderson envisions people learning how to make a variety of dishes by watching their robots in action. “It’s changed the way I think about cooking,” he says.

Moley, which was founded by computer scientist Mark Oleynik, has partnered with the London-based Shadow Robot Company, which developed the kitchen’s hands. Twenty motors, two dozen joints and 129 sensors are used in order to mimic the movements of human hands. The robotic arms and hands are capable of grasping utensils, pots, dishes and various bottles of ingredients. Olyenik says that the robot hands are also capable of powering through cooking tasks quickly, though they’ve been designed to move quite slowly, so as not to alarm anyone watching it work.

Sadly for vegetarians, like Shadow Robot’s managing director Rich Walker, crab bisque is the only dish the robot is currently able to make. However, the company plans to build a digital library of 2,000 recipes before the kitchen is available to the wider public. Moley ambitiously aims to scale the robot chef for mass production and begin selling them as early as 2017. The robotic chef, complete with a purpose-built kitchen, including an oven, hob, dishwasher and sink, will cost £10,000 (around $15,000). Yet that price point will depend on a relatively high demand for the kitchen and it’s still unclear how large the market is for such a product at the moment.

Dan Kara, a robotics analyst for U.S.-based ABI Research, a market intelligence company that specializes in emerging technology, tells TIME that the household robots that have found a market tend to be smaller devices that tackle tedious chores. “Successful products for the home that I’ve seen have been floor-cleaning [devices] — sweepers and vacuums — and pool cleaners and lawnmowers,” he says, noting that people tend to favor robots that tackle tasks they don’t want to do “because it’s boring or repetitive.” Another key factor of a product’s success is affordability. “Once [robots] get above a certain price, the number of people using them drops right off.”

A robotic chef, however, “just seems like a bridge too far at this time,” though Kara pointa out that he isn’t familiar with Moley’s kitchen or its specific technology.

Which isn’t to say that a robot chef wouldn’t have interested buyers. The robotics industry is growing and the Boston Consulting Group has estimated that spending on robots could “jump from just over $15 billion in 2010 to about $67 billion by 2025.”

But there is still work to be done on Moley’s kitchen before it would be an even remotely practical, albeit pricey, purchase. As the robot doesn’t have any way to see, it’s unable to locate an ingredient or utensil that might be moved or knocked out of place. It also can’t chop or prep food yet, so it must use prepared ingredients that are meticulously laid out. The company is working on improving the robot’s functions and expanding its capabilities, but as Oleynick admits, “it will have some limits because nothing can replace human touch.”

TIME celebrities

Watch Jamie Dornan Take on World No.1 Golfer Rory McIlroy at Soccer

The two Northern Irish men went head-to-head in a game of a new style of soccer

One of the best golfers in the world gives Christian Grey a thrashing in a new game of soccer.

The world’s top golfer Rory McIlroy took on Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan in a match of Circular Soccer, which is a new new style of game that is played around a central point with a three-dimensional goal, rather than being played end-to-end. It is currently being trialed by FIFA as way of encouraging greater technical skills among young people learning the game.

Though Dornan put up a good fight, McIlroy proved the better sportsman. You can check out the game highlights in the video above.

TIME animals

Dogs in London Are Feasting on Artisanal Organic Cuisine This Weekend

Steamed chicken with dandelion and parsley quinoa, anyone?

A handful of dogs in east London are eating like kings this weekend.

At a two-day pop-up restaurant called The Curious Canine Kitchen, organizer Natasha Mason and certified raw-food chef Emily Stephenson served a five-course organic meal—including quinoa and buckwheat biscuits with apple and cinnamon—just for dogs.

Wearing a dress with a dog on it and a matching fascinator, Mason, a graphic designer-turned-yoga teacher and dog lover, greeted the dogs and owners as they made their way into the pop-up space on Saturday. Incense was burning and brightly colored paintings of dogs covered the walls. Mason’s own pup, a 4-year-old Griffon Bruxellois named Anatole Wolfrus Morrissey Zucowsky the Second (“He’s named after my dad”) was also at the event, making friends with the nearly dozen other dogs attending.

The healthy food event was inspired by the late Juliette de Baïracli Levy, a British herbalist and author whom Mason calls “the godmother of holistic dog care.” Clutching Anatole, Mason explained that dogs deserve to have healthy, delicious meals as much as humans do. “When you do a breakdown of what goes into dog food, all the additives,” — here she made a horrified face. “That’s not nutritious! That’s questionable.” So she wanted to create a menu of healthy, organic fare made with “top artisan supplies” that dogs would enjoy.

Tickets to the pop-up, which is being held on both Saturday and Sunday, ran for £20 (about $29) and sold out in a matter of days. (All of the proceeds will be donated to Amazon CARES, a charity which promotes wildlife conservation in the Peruvian Amazon region.)

As the crowd of mostly small, mostly well-behaved dogs munched on dishes such as crispy Paddywack with reishi mushroom cream, steamed chicken with dandelion and parsley quinoa, and tripe with wakame seaweed and kale, in between lapping up coconut water and beef consomme from small bowls, owners chatted with one another.

Chris Dodd, a 32-year-old film director who brought his sociable 1-year-old cockapoo named Dexter, said it was the first event like this for his pup. The dog is getting neutered on Monday, “so this is his treat before,” Dodd explained, as Dexter ran over to meet a dachshund in a neckerchief.

An eager Jack Russell terrier named Eddie pulled at the leash held by his dog-sitter Karen Stocker, a retired journalist and friend of Eddie’s owners. As Eddie snacked on popcorn made with coconut oil, Stocker confided, “Eddie’s not used to sharing so this should be interesting.”

Not everything on the menu was a hit with the canines; more than a few sides of seaweed are ignored. Maria Baez, the 17-year-old owner of Pulgas, a snowy white Bichon Frise, said that he’s usually “quite picky.” But most of the dogs in attendance were more than happy to chow down.

TIME movies

Here’s Your First Look at Jared Leto as The Joker in the Upcoming Suicide Squad

Director David Ayer shared the shot on Twitter

It wasn’t long after director David Ayer shared a cast photo on Wednesday from a read-through of the upcoming Suicide Squad on Twitter that fans began wondering where Jared Leto was. The actor landed the role as The Joker in the supervillain ensemble film, but wasn’t found in the shot of the cast. Fans began speculating why Leto wasn’t in the shot using the hashtag #whereisJared.

Ayer answered fans’ queries in the best way possible: with another teasing shot, this time a blurry picture of a green-haired Leto as the Joker, holding a camera.

Leto will join Will Smith, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman in the DC Comics adaptation, slated to hit theaters in summer 2016.

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