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Degree-scale anomalies in the CMB: localizing the first peak dip to a small patch of the north ecliptic sky
Amanda Yoho,Francesc Ferrer,Glenn D. Starkman
Physics , 2010, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.83.083525
Abstract: Noticeable deviations from the prediction of the fiducial LCDM cosmology are found in the angular power spectrum of the CMB. Besides large-angle anomalies, the WMAP 1st year data revealed a dip in the power spectrum at l \sim 200, which seemed to disappear in the 3rd year and subsequent angular power spectra. Using the WMAP 1st, 3rd, and 5th year data as well as the 5 year coadded data, we study the intensity and spatial distribution of this feature in order to unveil its origin and its implications for the cosmological parameters. We show that in all WMAP data releases there is a substantial suppression of the first Doppler peak in a region near the north ecliptic pole.
Effects of a Cut, Lorentz-Boosted sky on the Angular Power Spectrum
Thiago S. Pereira,Amanda Yoho,Maik Stuke,Glenn D. Starkman
Physics , 2010,
Abstract: The largest fluctuation in the observed CMB temperature field is the dipole, its origin being usually attributed to the Doppler Effect - the Earth's velocity with respect to the CMB rest frame. The lowest order boost correction to temperature multipolar coefficients appears only as a second order correction in the temperature power spectrum, $C_{\ell}$. Since v/c - 10-3, this effect can be safely ignored when estimating cosmological parameters [4-7]. However, by cutting our galaxy from the CMB sky we induce large-angle anisotropies in the data. In this case, the corrections to the cut-sky $C_{\ell}$s show up already at first order in the boost parameter. In this paper we investigate this issue and argue that this effect might turn out to be important when reconstructing the power spectrum from the cut-sky data.
Linking the BICEP2 result and the hemispherical power asymmetry through spatial variation of $r$
Jens Chluba,Liang Dai,Donghui Jeong,Marc Kamionkowski,Amanda Yoho
Physics , 2014, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stu921
Abstract: For the simplest inflation models, the recent detection of a large primordial B-mode polarization signal by the BICEP2 experiment indicates a slight tension with the upper limit on the tensor-to-scalar ratio, $r$, from the Planck satellite. Here, we discuss spatially varying $r$ as a possible explanation for this discrepancy. This idea seems attractive since it may also explain part of the hemispherical temperature power asymmetry seen by WMAP and Planck at large angular scales. If these two aspects are indeed connected, the model suggests that in the Northern hemisphere $r$ should be much smaller, a hypothesis that could be confirmed with future B-mode experiments, providing a test for the stationarity of primordial tensor contributions across the sky. The BICEP2 measurement furthermore rules out that a simple dipolar modulation of $r$ alone can be responsible for the full hemispherical power asymmetry.
Real Space Approach to CMB deboosting
Amanda Yoho,Craig J. Copi,Glenn D. Starkman,Thiago S. Pereira
Physics , 2012, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stt577
Abstract: The effect of our Galaxy's motion through the Cosmic Microwave Background rest frame, which aberrates and Doppler shifts incoming photons measured by current CMB experiments, has been shown to produce mode-mixing in the multipole space temperature coefficients. However, multipole space determinations are subject to many difficulties, and a real-space analysis can provide a straightforward alternative. In this work we describe a numerical method for removing Lorentz- boost effects from real-space temperature maps. We show that to deboost a map so that one can accurately extract the temperature power spectrum requires calculating the boost kernel at a finer pixelization than one might naively expect. In idealized cases that allow for easy comparison to analytic results, we have confirmed that there is indeed mode mixing among the spherical harmonic coefficients of the temperature. We find that using a boost kernel calculated at Nside=8192 leads to a 1% bias in the binned boosted power spectrum at l~2000, while individual Cls exhibit ~5% fluctuations around the binned average. However, this bias is dominated by pixelization effects and not the aberration and Doppler shift of CMB photons that causes the fluctuations. Performing analysis on maps with galactic cuts does not induce any additional error in the boosted, binned power spectra over the full sky analysis. For multipoles that are free of resolution effects, there is no detectable deviation between the binned boosted and unboosted spectra. This result arises because the power spectrum is a slowly varying function of and does not show that, in general, Lorentz boosts can be neglected for other cosmological quantities such as polarization maps or higher-point functions.
The Role of Maternalism in Contemporary Paid Domestic Work  [PDF]
Amanda Moras
Sociology Mind (SM) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/sm.2013.33033

Various studies of domestic work have identified close personal relationships between domestic workers and employers as a key instrument in the exploitation of domestic workers, allowing employers to solicit unpaid services as well as a sense of superiority (Rollins, 1985; Romero, 2002; Glenn, 1992; Hondagneu-Sotelo, 2001). Likewise, other scholars have pointed out that close employee-employer relationships may actually empower domestic workers, increasing job leverage (Thorton-Dill, 1994). Ultimately, these lines are blurry and ever changing as employers continuously redefine employee expectations. Drawing from a larger study involving thirty interviews with white upper middle class women who currently employ domestic workers (mostly housecleaners) this paper explores employers’ interactions with domestic workers. Through these interviews this research elaborates on how employers and employees interact, how employers feel about these interactions, and explores to what extent these interactions are informed by the widely reported maternalistic tendencies of the past, while also considering the consequences of this.

Epistemological Limits to Scientific Prediction: The Problem of Uncertainty  [PDF]
Amanda Guillan
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2014.44053
Abstract: A key issue regarding the reliability of scientific prediction is uncertainty, which also affects its possibility as scientific knowledge. Thus, uncertainty is directly related to the epistemological limits of prediction in science. Within this context, this paper considers the obstacles to scientific predictions that are related to uncertainty. The analysis is made according to the twofold character of the limits of science, which is characterized in terms of the “barriers” and the “confines.” In addition, the study takes into account the presence of internal and external factors related to the epistemological limits of science. Following these lines of research, the analysis is focused on two steps. First, there is a characterization of the coordinates of Nicholas Rescher’s approach, which is particularly important regarding the epistemological limits to scientific prediction. Second, there is a study of uncertainty as an epistemological obstacle to predictability. Thereafter, the consequences for the future are pointed out.
Artful Deception, Languaging, and Learning—The Brain on Seeing Itself  [PDF]
Amanda Preston
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2015.57049

Despite having named ourselves Homo sapiens—a designation contingent on word/reason (logos) as our chosen identifier—recent evidence suggests language is only a small fraction of the story. Human beings would be more aptly named Homo videns—seeing man—if percentage of cortex area per modality determined the labeling of an organism. Instead, the sentential ontology of language philosophers and linguists persists in spite of the growing body of cognitive research challenging the language instinct as our most defining characteristic. What is becoming clearer is that language is palimpsestic. It is like a marked transparency over visuospatial maps, which are wired to sensorimotor maps. The left lateralized interpreter uses language to communicably narrativize an apparent unity, but people are not the only fictionalizing animals. This examination looks to cognitive and psychological studies to suggest that a prelinguistic instinct to make sense of unrelated information is a biological consequence of intersections among pattern matching, symbolic thinking, aesthetics, and emotive tagging, which is accessible by language, but not a product thereof. Language, rather, is just an outer surface. Rather than thinking man, playing man, or tool-making man, we would be better described as storytelling animals (narrativism). Like other social mammals, we run simulation heuristics to predict causal chains, object/event frequency, value association, and problem solving. The post hoc product is episodic fiction. Language merely serves to magnify what Friederich Nietzsche is rightfully identified as an art of dissimulation—lying. In short, the moral of the story is that we are making it all up as we go along.

Probing Large-Angle Correlations with the Microwave Background Temperature and Lensing Cross Correlation
A. Yoho,C. J. Copi,G. D. Starkman,A. Kosowsky
Physics , 2013, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stu942
Abstract: A lack of correlations in the microwave background temperature between sky directions separated by angles larger than 60 degrees has recently been confirmed by data from the Planck satellite. This feature arises as a random occurrence within the standard LCDM cosmological model less than 0.3 per cent of the time, but so far no other compelling theory to explain this observation has been proposed. Here we investigate the theoretical cross-correlation function between microwave background temperature and the gravitational lensing potential of the microwave background, which in contrast to the temperature correlation function depends strongly on gravitational potential fluctuations interior to our Hubble volume. For standard LCDM cosmology, we generate random sky realizations of the microwave temperature and gravitational lensing, subject to the constraint that the temperature correlation function matches observations, and compare with random skies lacking this constraint. The distribution of large-angle temperature-lensing correlation functions in these two cases is different, and the two cases can be clearly distinguished in around 40 per cent of model realizations. We present an a priori procedure for using similar large-angle correlations between other types of data, to determine whether the lack of large-angle correlations is a statistical fluke or points to a shortcoming of the standard cosmological model.
Effect of Our Galaxy's Motion on Weak Lensing Measurements of Shear and Convergence
J. B. Mertens,A. Yoho,G. D. Starkman
Physics , 2012, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stt544
Abstract: In this work we investigate the effect on weak-lensing shear and convergence measurements due to distortions from the Lorentz boost induced by our Galaxy's motion. While no ellipticity is induced in an image from the Lorentz boost to first order in beta = v/c, the image is magnified. This affects the inferred convergence at a 10 per cent level, and is most notable for low multipoles in the convergence power spectrum C {\kappa}{\kappa} and for surveys with large sky coverage like LSST and DES. Experiments which image only small fractions of the sky and convergence power spectrum determinations at l > 5 can safely neglect the boost effect to first order in beta.
Comparative antibody study for antigen detection in urine specimens for diagnosis of blastomycosis using a competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay  [PDF]
Amanda Searle, Gene Scalarone
Open Journal of Immunology (OJI) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/oji.2012.24017
Abstract: Diagnosis of blastomycosis is often done using a combination of clinical signs and cytologic or histopathologic identification of the organism, Blastomyces dermatitidis, from infected tissues. However, these methods are time consuming, invasive, and still lead to misdiagnosis. A competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) can be used for detection of B. dermatitidis antigens, which are present in urine specimens of infected patients. The current study evaluates the use of various antibodies for detection of antigen in dog urine specimens, to provide a better diagnosis of blastomycosis in the future. Our results show that different antibodies against B. dermatitidis produce various sensitivities for antigen detection. The most realistic antibodies for immunodiagnostic tests would be antibodies that can be obtained in larger quantities, i.e. vaccination using a yeast lysate in a laboratory setting. We found that these antibodies produce a comparable and reliable result to that of antibodies obtained from an infected patient.
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