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black box

1. (Jargon) descriptive of a method of reasoning or studying a problem, in which the methods and procedures, as such, are not described, explained, or perhaps even understood: conclusions relate solely to the empiric relationships observed;
2. in some contexts, the term can mean a piece of apparatus or an experimental animal in which the pharmacologic or toxicologic pathway has not yet been worked out.

black box

Pathology
adjective Referring to the testing of a histopathology trainee’s diagnostic skills by using unknown glass slides, as in “a black box case”. 

noun A group of 4 to 8 glass slides of tissue that are given periodically to trainees to test their diagnostic skills.
 
Vox populi
An electronic device mounted in all modern aircraft, which records specific aircraft performance parameters and instructions sent to any electronic systems on board.
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Speaking in Jakarta, Bambang Soelistyo told reporters: "I received information from the National Transport Safety Committee chief that at 07:11 (00:11 GMT), we succeeded in bringing up part of the black box that we call the flight data recorder.
France's air accident investigation agency, the BEA, shows the flight data recorder from the 2009 Air France flight and, below, Brazil's Navy sailors recover debris from the missing Air France jet
The black box refers to the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.
The AAIB said yesterday: "The AAIB has now recovered the flight data recorder from the SA365N helicopter which crashed into the Irish Sea on December 27, 2006, with seven persons on board.
He said the flight data recorder will be sent back from Penghu Island to Taipei for processing later in the day together with the cockpit voice recorder, which was retrieved from the strait Tuesday.
A preliminary check by divers conducted soon after the tail section was found failed find the flight data recorders inside, where they would normally be located.
But they are still searching for another piece of evidence, the flight data recorder.
Paris, June 23(ANI): Signals from the flight data recorder, or the black boxes of the Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic ocean killing all 228 passengers onboard, has been located.
Brazil's aircraft maker Embraer has been asked by the country's federal police to provide records of test flights and the flight data recorder for an executive jet that collided with a Boeing 737.
The plane's flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were both recovered, according to media reports.
The American Airlines jet returned to Phoenix and its flight data recorder was immediately sent to Washington, D.
The contract, valued at $21 million, involves the implementation of the Smiths combined Health & Usage Monitoring System and Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder (HUMS/CVFDR) capability on seventy (70) Future Lynx aircraft for the UK Ministry of Defence.

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