13 March 2020
Vol 367, Issue 6483

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COVER The spire of Notre Dame cathedral collapses in a cloud of smoke. The Paris landmark was nearly destroyed on 15 April 2019, after a fire swept through attic timbers, melted its lead roof, and damaged stone walls. Scientists are now guiding its restoration. By opening the cathedral up to inspection, the fire is also enabling new historical research. See page 1182.
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