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IBM'S MULTIMEDIA PUBLISHING STUDIO TO CAPTURE BIOSPHERE EXPERIENCE ON INTERACTIVE COMPACT DISC

 ATLANTA, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM's Multimedia Publishing Studio and Space Biospheres Ventures today announced an agreement for the IBM Studio to recreate on interactive compact disc (CD-ROM) the Biosphere 2 experience.
 Biosphere 2 is an experimental ecological research program underway 35 miles north of Tucson, Ariz. The program was designed as a closed environmental study for education and research and to evaluate potential life habitats for space.
 The IBM Multimedia Studio has already begun work on the program, with the first release scheduled for September of 1993 -- the same month Biospherians will emerge from an initial, two-year stay in Biosphere 2.
 Dr. Paul Evans, Multimedia Publishing Studio managing publisher, said the new compact disc program will allow users to explore the Biosphere 2's restricted interior, much as if they were actually inside the structure.
 He said the CD-ROM program also would examine Biosphere 2's basic research results and review the special technology and systems used in the program .
 John Allen, vice president for Biospheric Development, said that telling the Biosphere 2 story with interactive computer technology will enhance understanding of the program and make study results readily available for schools and research.
 The IBM Studio's compact disc technology provides hours of user interaction -- including video, graphics, text and audio, all in compact disc form.
 The enclosed and sealed Biosphere 2 experiment has recreated on a small scale the self-sustaining life support systems that clothe the earth with life.
 Inside Biosphere 2 are seven biomes, or large-scale ecosystems. Together they represent a microcosm of tropical and sub-tropical earth.
 Included are a rainforest, a marsh, a desert, a savannah, an ocean and two human-managed biomes: an intensive agriculture area and a human habitat.
 Since September of 1991, the sealed Biosphere 2 has been home for eight Biospherians and more than 4,000 species of plants and animals.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Jenkins of Britt Productions, 404-988-9957 for IBM's Multimedia Publishing Studio/


CO: International Business Machines Corporation; Space Biospheres
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