Washington, DC - The United States and Canada will begin negotiations to modernize the landmark Columbia River Treaty regime in early 2018. Certain provisions of the Treaty - a model of transboundary natural resource cooperation since 1964, are set to expire in 2024.

Ann Arbor, Michigan - If they successfully invade Lake Erie, Asian carp could eventually account for about a third of the total weight of fish in the lake and could cause declines in most fish species including prized sport and commercial fish such as walleye, according to a new computer modeling study.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - A general mathematical theory that predicts how cracks spread through materials like glass and ice can also predict the direction in which rivers will grow, according to a new MIT study.

West Lafayette, Indiana - Current flood models do not account for cities' impact on local rainfall patterns, an oversight that could lead to significantly underestimating the severity and frequency of floods in urban areas, a Purdue study finds.

Durham, North Carolina - Plant hunters traveling between North America and Asia in the 1800s noticed a bizarre pattern: collections they brought back from China and Japan were strikingly similar in their leaves, flowers and fruits to plants from southern Appalachia. A new analysis of DNA studies shows that over half of all the trees and shrubs in the southern Appalachians can trace their ancestry to relatives a half a world away in Asia.

Denver, Colorado (NAPSI) - Graduation 2014 unleashed 1.6 million graduates into the workforce, according to theNationalCenter for Education Statistics. While many of those recent graduates are already working, a large percentage are not. Either way, they all have something in common memories of a senior year full of stressful decisions.

Riverside, California (NAPSI) - Capable, strong and confident women are in the news with increasing frequency these days-from politicians and movie stars to women making strides in sports, business and the military. Parents are becoming more aware that helping their children particularly girls build skills that lead to empowerment is important for success in life. But many parents may be wondering just how to go about it.