I’m new to these forums and as a matter of personal curiosity, and as someone who can’t follow the math behind the basic concepts, I have a few questions. The first set have to do with the accelerating expansion of our universe. A) Does this acceleration affect the inflationary model of the universe, and is the universe younger than previously thought? B) Has the rate of acceleration been determined? If so, how long before the speed of expansion greatly approaches the speed of light? C) What happens when the speed of light is reached? Will all matter (even black holes?) convert to pure energy? D) Who was the scientist that theorized that the universe’s accelerating expansion is fueled by an inverse property of gravity (a few years ago, I think). Where is she now and how has this theory faired? – Or has my memory really bungled this one? Thanks for any response; hopefully these questions aren’t too embarrassingly stupid/ignorant, and I’m deeply sorry if I’m not bright enough to realize these questions were answered elsewhere. . .