As anyone who has read Douglas Adams' 5-part trilogy (wait, what?) that begins with "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and ends with "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish," the answer to that question is 42. Well, according to Bloomberg, Reno is also the answer. At least in a ranking of the 50 best cities in the United States, sandwiched between Dallas (41), and Scottsdale, AZ (43). Who ranked first, you ask? Well it is none other than our Over-The-Hill-And-On-The-Coast neighbor, San Francisco.
In other, and, IMHO, more interesting news on a Universe theme, we can expect a new comet to visit our neck of the galactical neighborhood at this time next year. It is currently saddled with the decidedly NOT catchy name of ISON. Predictions concerning just how bright it might turn out to be are all over the place, but there is the potential for it to be at least as bright in the sky as Venus. That would be impressive. I remember seeing Kohoutek (1973), Halley (1986) and Hyakutake (1996), but this will be the first time my kids will be able to see a comet. Let's hope it doesn't fade (pun intended) in the face of the likely hype over its potential luminosity over the next 12 months.
Keeping with the Science Friday theme I seem to have picked up on, if you are interested in Mars, take a look at some of the photos Curiosity is snapping while carrying out its mission on our red neighbor's surface. If you're a member of the Twitterati, following Curiosity on Twitter is an easy way to get up to date photos.