Bound neutrons pave way to free ones: "'Take a quantity that tells you how strong the EMC Effect is. And then take another quantity that tells you how many short-range correlations you have,' Higinbotham explains. 'And you see that when one is big, the other one is big. When one is small, the other one is small.'
The scientists say that it's unlikely that one effect causes the other. Rather, the data shows that there is a common cause for both."