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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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Physicists, nevertheless, number among those pursuing black boxes. A new book by Thomas A.
The profits that he and coworkers have made with black boxes, Farmer contends, are "highly statistically significant."
It is time that modern aircraft are fitted with state-of-the-art black boxes.
The black boxes will be linked to central computers via the Global Positioning System so the prevailing speed limit is known at any given point in time.
There also was an understandable reluctance on the part of regulators to allow the use of these black boxes to determine the appropriate insurance loss costs and subsequent rates, especially if they were not provided specifics on how the model works.
With the EgyptAir black boxes located at depths of more than 9,800 feet on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea (and other downed planes similarly hard to reach), the industry is looking at options for easier data recovery, including streaming flight data, the Wall Street Journal (http://www.wsj.com/articles/airlines-seek-standard-for-black-box-alternatives-1464855972) reported .
Black boxes are encased in a titanium shell, making them virtually indestructible.
Analysts said in a report Tuesday that finding the 66 victims' remains and the black boxes was the top priority for the team.
"We expect to pinpoint the location of the black boxes in the coming days," Lieutenant Commander Christophe Levivier told the AFP.
France's air accident authority (BEA) said on Tuesday that investigator have not yet found black box of Air France 447 after a report that the French naval ships had detected signals that could be from the flight's black boxes.
A French official on Tuesday ruled out earlier reports that signals for the Air France flight 447's black boxes have been detected.