Our featured scientist for this month is Collins Saguru – a chemical engineer and research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand’s department of chemical engineering. He has developed an economical, environmentally sustainable and novel method of recovering and reusing precious metals found in the autocatalytic converters of petrol and diesel vehicles. On Unscience, we discuss an unusual ‘regular’ occurrence of ‘black snow’ in several towns in the Siberian region of Kuzbass. And in the news, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) pledges R27 million to boost South Africa’s space efforts, while we also look at the development of a pharmacy automation robot for dispensing chronic medicine.