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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

21 Nov 2017

Scientists solve the mystery of America's scuba-diving fly

WASHINGTON A small fly that thrives at an inhospitable California lake east of Yosemite National Park long has perplexed observers who watch as it crawls into the severely salty and alkaline water, snacks on some algae or lays some eggs, then emerges dry as a desert.

14 Nov 2017

Drinking age: oldest evidence of wine-making found near Tbilisi

WASHINGTON Oenophiles take note: 5980 BC was a very good year for wine.

03 Nov 2017

Cosmic-ray imaging finds hidden structure in Egypt's Great Pyramid

WASHINGTON Scientists using an imaging method based on cosmic rays have detected a large and enigmatic internal structure in the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing, the massive Great Pyramid of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo. | Video

02 Nov 2017

Going ape: new orangutan species identified in Sumatra

WASHINGTON Scientists have identified a new species of great ape on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, finding that a small population of orangutans inhabiting its Batang Toru forest merits recognition as the third species of these shaggy reddish tree dwellers.

27 Oct 2017

Raccoon-sized dinosaur with 'bandit mask' amazes scientists

WASHINGTON A raccoon-sized, feather-clad dinosaur that roamed China 130 million years ago shared a distinctive trait with the furry modern mammal that topples trash cans in North America: a stripe across their eyes resembling a bandit mask.

27 Oct 2017

Fossil footprints reveal existence of big early dinosaur predator

WASHINGTON A trail of fossilized three-toed footprints that measure nearly two feet (57 cm) long shows that a huge meat-eating dinosaur stalked southern Africa 200 million years ago at a time when most carnivorous dinosaurs were modest-sized beasts.

26 Oct 2017

Ancient Papua New Guinea skull called oldest-known tsunami victim

WASHINGTON A mysterious partial skull unearthed in Papua New Guinea in 1929 that once was thought to belong to an extinct human species now turns out to have another unique distinction. Scientists believe it belongs to the oldest-known human tsunami victim.

25 Oct 2017

Shrews it or lose it: a critter's incredible shrinking skull

WASHINGTON It is not the taming of the shrew, but rather the shrinking of the shrew.

25 Oct 2017

Robert Guillaume, star of TV's 'Benson,' dies at age 89

, Two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume, who became one of the most prominent black actors on U.S. television playing the cantankerous title character in the hit 1980s series "Benson," died of complications from prostate cancer on Tuesday, his wife said. He was 89.

17 Oct 2017

Big and brilliant: complex whale behaviour tied to brain size

WASHINGTON Cetaceans -- whales and dolphins -- are among the brainiest of beings. In terms of sheer brain size, the sperm whale is tops on Earth, with a brain six times larger than that of a person.

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