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Yesterday I decided to try an experiment: I solicited reader requests for news photos. I asked people on Twitter and Google+, "Would you like to see a good photo of a particular subject? A high-res version of a photo you've already seen somewhere else? A photo from a particular photographer or event? If I have access and can find it, I'll try to post it" (details). The response was great, the subject matter was varied, and the task of finding the images and composing this entry was great fun. Images ranged from massive solar flares to tiny insects, taken in places from Thailand to outer space. If you enjoy this experiment, let me know in the comments, and I may develop it into a more regular feature. To all those who made requests, thanks so much, I hope you like what I was able to find. [29 photos]

Beth Winter (@bwinter) and Spidler both asked for a higher resolution version of "Anonymous in Polish parliament". -- Lawmakers from the leftist Palikot's Movement cover their faces with masks as they protest against ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, during a parliament session, in Warsaw, Poland, on January 26, 2012, after the Polish government signed the agreement. Poland's plans to sign ACTA sparked attacks on Polish government websites and street protests in several Polish cities this week. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

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BARE BOOKSTORE BARE BOOKSTORE: Sue Schmidt sorted through her purchases at a Borders bookstore in Solon, Ohio, Thursday. The chain is going out of business. (Amy Sancetta/Associated Press)

IN THE HOLE IN THE HOLE: A U.S. soldier took cover during a firefight with Taliban fighters at an outpost in Kunar, Afghanistan, Thursday. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)

SOS SOS: A fire aboard the MS Nordlys cruise ship killed two crew members, injured nine people and caused more than 200 passengers to evacuate off Norway’s western coast Thursday. Police suspect an explosion in the machine room. (Svein Ove Ekornesvag/Scanpix via Associated Press)

VEILED LADY VEILED LADY: A model walked outside Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week Thursday. (Kena Betancur/Reuters)

SYNCHRONIZED CEREMONY SYNCHRONIZED CEREMONY: South Korean special forces performed Thursday in the waters off Incheon, South Korea. They commemorated the 1950 landing of United Nations forces, led by U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in Incheon during the Korean War. (Ahn Young Joon/Associated Press)

DILIGENT DRAWER DILIGENT DRAWER: Pasang Lama, 17, a homeless boy, drew on a piece of paper during Children’s Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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