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government

China raises rare-earth exports

China has increased its 2012 rare-earth export quota amid international pressure.

energy

The Morning Briefing: Biofuels

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about biofuel production.

architecture

A savvy design that saves student lives

New York University's Bobst Library was host to several student suicides over the last decade. How do you design the danger out of classic 1960s architecture? Joel Sanders Architect finds a solution.