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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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He said the flight data recorder was found under the wreckage of a wing.
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A French naval vessel has detected a weak signal from the flight data recorders, and a mini submarine was dispatched on Monday to try and find the black boxes at the bottom of the ocean floor," The Telegraph quoted a French newspaper Le Monde.
The investigation continues with work under way to salvage the wreckage and combined cockpit voice and flight data recorder.
Jim Hall said that a flight data recorder would have provided a fraction-of-the-second readout of systems performance, giving critical insight into any mechanical malfunction.
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.
It was not immediately clear whether the device was the cockpit voice recorder or the flight data recorder, and divers were continuing to search for the other black box.
Photo: Deepak Joshi of the NTSB and John Scarola of Alaska Airlines prepare the flight data recorder for transportation on the Navy's deep-recovery ship Kellie Chouest on Thursday.
Embedded Flight Data Recorder, a high-tech tool for capturing the last 90 hours of flight information, enabling post-accident analysis to determine the cause of a mishap - by a team at Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, Texas.
Jakarta: Indonesian divers on Monday retrieved the flight data recorder of the AirAsia plane that went down in the Java Sea with 162 people on board, a potential breakthrough in efforts to discover what caused the crash.

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