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#53: How the Hell Do We Pull Clean Drinking Water Out of Thin Air?
Episode 535th February 2019 • Important, Not Important • Important, Not Important
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In Episode 53, Quinn & Brian ask: How the hell do we pull clean drinking water out of thin air? Our guest is Dr. Shing-Chung “Josh” Wong, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Akron In addition to pursuing bio-inspired materials research, he has worked on mechanical behavior and functional properties of polymers, electrospinning, processing-structure-property relationships, coatings, bio- and nano-materials, and composites. Dr. Wong has authored and co-authored over 70 archived articles in book, journal, and patent literatures, and in 2007, he was selected as a recipient for the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award. There are a lot of words you may not understand in that bio – don’t worry, you’re not alone – but the reason Josh is awesome and we wanted him on the show comes down to one simple fact: he has invented some very cool shit that benefits anyone who enjoys being alive on Earth. He comes from a place of such moral integrity, constantly striving to use his capacity for innovation and discovery to help other people... a trait that is almost staggeringly uncommon these days, to our detriment. Trump’s Book Club: Biography of a Chairman Mao Badge: The Creation and Mass Consumption of a Personality Cult by Professor Melissa Schrift Links: Contribute to the University of Akron Foundation (with a note that it’s a gift to support water harvesting research by Professor Josh Wong): Check out Josh’s water harvester: Brad Meltzer’s incredible books for kids: Connect with us: Subscribe to our newsletter at! Intro/outro by Tim Blane: Follow Quinn: Follow Brian: Like and share us on Facebook: Check us on Instagram: Follow us on Twitter: Pin us on Pinterest: Tumble us or whatever the hell you do on Tumblr: