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Black Sabbath tops UK charts after 43 years, China builds world’s fastest supercomputer, man survives plunge from 15th floor apartment and want to confess your sins? There’s an app for that. Read More.

world Updated: Jun 18, 2013 00:34 IST
Hindustan Times

Black Sabbath tops UK charts after 43 years

London: The band Black Sabbath has returned to the top of the UK charts with their new album, after almost half a century. Released on Monday, the album, titled 13, broke the record for the longest gap between chart-topping releases by British artists, Sky News reported.

It was in 1970 that the band first topped The UK charts with their second album ‘Paranoid’. The 43-year-long wait beats the record set by Rod Stewart, who had to wait 34 years for number one success between Volume 1 of his Greatest Hits, which came out in 1979, and this year’s album Time.

The new Black Sabbath album, 13, united original band members Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for the first time in 35 years.


China builds world’s fastest supercomputer

Beijing: China has built the world’s fastest supercomputer, almost twice as fast as the previous US holder and underlining the country’s rise as a science and technology powerhouse.

The semi-annual TOP500 official listing of the world’s fastest supercomputers released Monday says the Tianhe-2 developed by the National University of Defense Technology in central China’s Changsha city is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second.

That’s the equivalent of 33,860 trillion calculations per second.


Man survives plunge from 15th floor apartment

Auckland: A man has survived a plunge from the 15th floor of his New Zealand apartment building and is recovering well. Police say the 20-year-old man discovered he was locked out of his 14th floor unit in the Volt Apartment building in downtown Auckland at about 2 am Sunday.

He decided to try and scale down the outside of the building from an apartment directly above his.

Police say he was trying to land on his balcony when he fell, landing on the roof of an adjacent building far below.


Want to confess your sins? There’s an app for that

New York: A new smartphone app, which lets busy Catholic priests update their status to let people know when and where they are available to listen to their confessions, has been developed in the US.

Father Richard Heilman in Madison, Wisconsin, is launching a My Confessor App that will let his parishioners know when and where he is available to listen to their sins.

A red status box means ‘Father is OUT’. A green status box means ‘Father is IN’. Priests have a special log in that lets them update their status.


First Published: Jun 18, 2013 00:29 IST