News Briefs 08-06-2020By Gregon Monday, June 8th Signs and portents… As permafrost melts it’s unleashing ancient viruses and fuel spills. Genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in Texas and Florida beginning this summer. The Great Filter is a civilization-scale event or circumstance that prevents a species from colonizing space or ever meeting other beings. Is the coronavirus our practice run? Related: The Great Filter – why finding alien life would be a horrible thing for humanity. China’s giant radio telescope will start searching for aliens in September. ‘Oumuamua might be a giant interstellar hydrogen iceberg. Physicist proposes a pretty depressing explanation for why we never see aliens. Confirmation of Proxima Centauri c? Einstein’s lost hypothesis. What has been causing ships to sail in circles? Eddies in the space-time continuum? Santa Fe millionaire Forrest Fenn says the treasure he hid in the Rocky Mountains has been found. Scientists thought this Egyptian mummy was a bird, but the truth was something sadder. Face of 7,500-year-old woman reveals Gibraltar’s earliest humans. Thanks @KayOrchison. Quote of the Day: It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. R.E.M.