Caixin reports that China plans to invest US$ 6 billion to build the world’s largest particle collider to get a foot in the door of experimental physics dominated by European and American research labs, but some scientists warn it could be a wasteful undertaking. The blueprint for what scientists call a super collider was drafted in 2014. The project, dubbed the “Higgs Factory,” aims to build a facility capable of generating millions of Higgs boson particles, which physicists say form the building blocks of the universe. The plan is yet to be approved by the central government, but scientists are optimistic that research needed to build the facility can start in late 2016.
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