Asia set to take center stage in Higgs studies

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Science  23 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6417, pp. 878
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6417.878

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The discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, in 2012—more than 40 years after being theoretically predicted—has proved to be one of the most significant achievements of high energy physics in recent years. The Higgs is the key to explaining how other particles gain mass. Now, physicists want to study the particle's properties, how it interacts with other particles, and whether it contributes to dark matter. Last week, Chinese scientists unveiled the full conceptual design for the proposed $5 billion Circular Electron Positron Collider. Meanwhile, Japan's government is due to decide by the end of December whether to host an equally costly machine, the International Linear Collider. European proposals for colliders to study the Higgs are decades away and the United States has no firm plans, leaving the field open to the two Asian countries.