ON THE COVER: A variety of researchers are taking advantage of the resources at Texas State University's Forensic Anthropology Research Facility. Projects cover topics such as postmortem interval, vulture scavenging, body location using drones, decomposition odors, and use of GIS to map bone fractures. —Photo courtesy Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University See full article here.

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OSAC... And something about a ship.

When discussing all of the work currently underway at the federal level to strengthen forensic science in the United States, one figure of speech keeps popping up: the ship metaphor.

New Books

New literature on fingerprint analysis, crime analysis, human scent, human remains, lab management, and drug-facilitated crime.

Tool Kit: Protecting Evidence at the Scene

A few items to help maintain the integrity of evidence at a scene.

Forensic Inspiration

How one high school uses forensics to enhance student achievement.


Product News

Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: