Along with the beaver, the gecko, honey bees and snapping shrimp, the mole has been nominated as "nature's best engineer" by the British Science Association. Lots of animals have evolved to be able to do extraordinary things, and the mole is no exception. Moles are expert burrowers, and can create vast underground networks despite being nearly blind.

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More good news for all you future engineers: chances are good that you'll soon be bringing in the benjamins. According to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, graduates of engineering programs have higher starting salaries than those of any other discipline.

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