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Massey products in the Steenrod algebra

When building $kU/2$ via its Postnikov tower, there are some interesting Massey products that show up in the Steenrod algebra, and I'd like to understand them. I bet these appear somewhere in the ...
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Eilenberg-Moore spectral sequence for path-loop fibration over Q\Sigma X (reference request)

Related to the question here, here is another question. Consider the kernel of the map $H_*(QY;Z/p)\rightarrow H_{*+1}(Q\Sigma Y;Z/p)$. restricted to $PH_*(QY)$, and let's say $Y$ itself is a ...
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The behaviour of the suspension homomorphism on $H_*(QX;Z/p)$ for odd $p$ (Reference request)

The mod $p$ homology of $QX=\Omega ^{\infty}\Sigma ^{\infty}X$ for connected $X$ was computed by Dyer-Lashof Homology of Iterated Loop Spaces, Amer. J. of Math., vol.84, No.1 pp 35-88. 1962 It follows ...
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Definition of E-infinity operad

What is the definition of $E_\infty$-operad in the category of chain complexes over $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$? J. Smith in http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0004003 define it for complexes over $\mathbb{Z}$ (...
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Pontryagin square of Stiefel-Whitney classes and Pontryagin classes

On a four-manifold, there is apparently a relation between the first Pontryagin class modulo 4 and the Pontryagin square of the second Stiefel-Whitney class: $\mathfrak{P}(w_2) = p_1 \; {\rm mod} \; ...
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Operations via Morse Theory

I am interested in seeing if and how Morse Theory can "do everything". Some core things are handle decomposition, Bott periodicity, and Euler characteristic. But what do the normal (co)homology ...
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The Norm Map in (group) cohomology via classifying spaces

The well-known transfer map in group (co)homology can be defined with only homological algebra, or with algebraic topology via classifying spaces (group cohomology of $G$ is isomorphic to ordinary ...
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What do cohomology operations have to do with the non-existence of commutative cochains over $\mathbb{Z}$?

Let $X$ be a topological space. In elementary algebraic topology, the cup product $\phi \cup \psi$ of cochains $\phi \in H^p(X), \psi \in H^q(X)$ is defined on a chain $\sigma \in C_{p+q}(X)$ by $(\...