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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

18 Jan 2018

U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

WASHINGTON Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.

18 Jan 2018

U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.

16 Jan 2018

Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds

WASHINGTON There's not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There's an iridescent dinosaur.

11 Jan 2018

Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts in the future

WASHINGTON Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts.

11 Jan 2018

Fossil of dinosaur swept away in ancient Australian river found

WASHINGTON In sandstone next to the high tide mark at the edge of Bass Strait in southeastern Australia, scientists have unearthed fossils of a two-legged, turkey-sized, plant-eating dinosaur apparently swept away in a large, powerful ancient river.

07 Jan 2018

John Young, 'most experienced' U.S. astronaut, dies at 87

U.S. astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon in 1972 and even smuggled a corned beef sandwich into orbit during a career that made him the only person to fly with three NASA space programs, has died at age 87, officials said on Saturday. | Video

03 Jan 2018

Sorry, sci-fi fans: star's oddness not due to alien mega-structure

WASHINGTON It was too good to be true. Scientists have ruled out the most exotic explanation -- an orbiting alien mega-structure -- for the behavior of a celestial oddity dubbed Tabby's Star that has been puzzling scientists with its sporadic dimming and brightening.

03 Jan 2018

Alaskan 'sunrise' girl sheds light on how humans populated Americas

WASHINGTON Ancient DNA extracted from the skull of a six-week-old baby girl whose 11,500-year-old remains were unearthed in a burial pit in central Alaska is helping scientists resolve long-standing controversies about how humans first populated the Americas.

13 Dec 2017

Waddling into history - huge ancient penguin inhabited New Zealand

WASHINGTON Scientists have unearthed in New Zealand fossil bones of what might be the heavyweight champion of the penguin world, a bird nearly 6 feet tall (1.77 meters) that thrived 55 to 60 million years ago, relatively soon after the demise of the dinosaurs.

13 Dec 2017

Amber discovery shows 'Dracula' sucked blood of feathered dinosaurs

WASHINGTON Ticks, the notorious disease-spreading parasites, have been making life miserable far longer than human beings have walked the Earth. Even dinosaurs felt their blood-sucking wrath.

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