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"The Challenge of Materials", a new gallery at the London Science Museum, features a high-tech simulation of a modern steelworks, investigations into issues such as waste management and recycling, clothing exhibits by famous designers, and such intriguing exhibits as a steel wedding dress, a transparent body filled with surgical implants, chocolate shoes, an aluminium handbag and a Bakelite coffin. The centrepiece is a spectacular stainless steel and glass bridge, suspended 30 feet above the entrance hall, tel: 0171 938 8000.

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