Software quality assurance and testing is a hugely important task in the software development process. So far, it has been largely a manual 'brute force' process involving a lot man-hours.

Scientists and engineers have now devised a new way of testing different ways of organising code and searching for faults in millions of lines of code. They have done so by taking inspiration from evolution-tested hunting strategies in animals such as penguins. 

The natural world may seem an odd place to look for solutions to a software problem - but the safety implications in complex, multi-component software-ridden systems such as connected cars, could be huge. 

With a problem as critical as road safety, there seems to be no limit to how far researchers will go to look for solutions – even to the depths of a frigid ocean.