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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

16 Oct 2017

Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior 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.

12 Oct 2017

Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens

WASHINGTON The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people.

09 Oct 2017

What’s that smell? Secrets of famously pungent durian fruit revealed

WASHINGTON Scientists have answered one of nature’s most pungent questions: what gives the world’s smelliest fruit its distinctive aroma.

05 Oct 2017

DNA confirms amazing Australian isle insect not extinct after all

WASHINGTON When black rats invaded Lord Howe Island after the 1918 wreck of the steamship Makambo, they wiped out numerous native species on the small Australian isle in the Tasman Sea including a big, flightless insect that resembled a stick.

01 Oct 2017

'Let's Make a Deal' host Monty Hall dead at 96

Monty Hall, one of the most popular game show hosts in American television history as he presided over a throng of outrageously costumed and nearly delirious contestants on "Let's Make a Deal" for almost three decades, died on Saturday at age 96, his son said.

28 Sep 2017

Oh, rats! Big tree-dwelling rodent found in Solomon Islands

WASHINGTON People living on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean long had spoken of a big, tree-dwelling rat called vika that inhabited the rainforest, but the remarkable rodent managed to elude scientists -- until now.

28 Sep 2017

Happy 350,000th birthday: Study pushes back Homo sapiens origins

WASHINGTON Genetic data from the skeletal remains of seven people who lived centuries ago in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province is offering intriguing new evidence that our species, Homo sapiens, is older than previously believed.

27 Sep 2017

Canadian rocks hold some of oldest evidence of life on Earth

WASHINGTON Rocky outcrops in eastern Canada contain what may be some of the oldest evidence of life on Earth, dating back about 3.95 billion years.

21 Sep 2017

Deep sleep: Even jellyfish need their slumber

WASHINGTON Even a jellyfish - one of Earth's first and most ancient animals - needs its sleep.

21 Sep 2017

Feeling crabby: Plant-eating dinosaurs snacked on crustaceans

WASHINGTON Some plant-eating dinosaurs apparently liked a side order of crabs to go with their usual salad.

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