Diane Shipley

Diane Shipley

Freelance journalist

Writer covering pop culture, health, and tech. Bylines: The Guardian, Washington Post, Glamour, Mental Health Today, and more. dianeshipleyworks@gmail.com

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The Guardian

Down with tech bros! It's time for TV's female nerd revolution

It seems there’s an endless appetite for man-boys working in technology: before Loaded, there was Silicon Valley, Amazon’s Betas, The IT Crowd and what was that other thing …? Oh yes. Reality.

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This Psychologist Is Using A.I. to Predict Who Will Attempt Suicide

The link between A.I and mental health is less hyped, but Franklin and his team have developed algorithms that can predict whether someone will die by suicide with over 80 percent accuracy.

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Can ‘Playing Sick’ Really Inspire Empathy?

Of course, the developers aren’t claiming that Robin provides an in-depth exploration of the illness. But as a society, we seem to have embraced the idea that a superficial brush with other people’s lived experiences can bring us real insight.

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The Guardian

Condensed, or just dense? The apps that turn books into 15-minute reads

We have to get over the idea that spending hours in a mahogany chair, frowning over a leather-bound volume from 1623 is the best way to absorb information. And let’s be honest: some authors waffle on.

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The pursuit of appiness

Mood-improving apps are everywhere. But can they actually help our mental health?

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The Guardian

Picture this: Joe Wicks and his Instagram peers are strengthening publishing

Print sales rose 7% in 2016, in large part thanks to Wicks (with a little help from JK Rowling and colouring books for adults).

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The Washington Post

In the best rom-coms, being single is a blessing, not a curse

As I grew up, I didn’t relate to the way marriage was usually presented, in real life and in pop culture: as aspirational, a source of validation and the only way to escape loneliness.

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The Guardian

Star writer: Carrie Fisher shines brightest in her books

Fisher’s humour isn’t an attempt to avoid sadness, but to convey it in a way people will find palatable. Her characters live by Fisher’s own edict: “If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true, and that’s unacceptable.”

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Ready, willing and disabled

While an increase in disabled characters is heartening, visibility isn’t everything.

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Can TV be good for you?

While many of us would benefit from a little more fresh air and exercise, the goggle box does have its good side.

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The sexist reality of being a woman with M.E

When I was 19, I had great friends, a new relationship, and plans to travel across Europe as soon as I could. I was studying English language at Lancaster University, living on a campus so ridiculously bucolic baby bunnies hopped across my path on a regular basis. It felt like life couldn’t get any better.

It didn’t.

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The Telegraph

Hi-tech health care's future

Cutting-edge technology is helping to revolutionise treatment for serious medical conditions.

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The Guardian

Lady Dynamite: Maria Bamford's Netflix comedy should be a blast

While her comedy is sharp, she often delivers it in a chipper tone, more wry than ranting. (“L’Oreal. Because I am worth it. And because holding myself to an impossible standard of beauty keeps me from starting a riot.”)

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Appy together

Dating apps aren't only for people looking for love: they could strengthen your relationship, too.

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Can wearable tech help my treatment-resistant depression and anxiety?

The idea that a gadget could help shift my mood sounded like a miracle.