Perhaps a neutron and a proton are two different modes of one and the same thing, that is atomic hydrogen. Think of them as subcategories of the hydrogen atom. When one compares their calculated mass they are almost identical:
Neutron = 1
Proton = 0.99862349
Neutron = 1.6749286*10-27 kg
Proton = 1.6726231*10-27 kg
Neutron = 939.56563 MeV
Proton = 938.27231 MeV
We can sit back and be cute about a few decimal points or we can think big. In the grand scheme of things these are trivial differences and can perhaps be explained by the presence and activity or lack thereof of the supposed electron threads.
A neutron merely has had its electron threads forced down to femtometres long say in the center of a star. In extreme circumstances, some atomic hydrogen is forged into neutrons like where they are being continually repelled from all directions by a mass of other hydrogen atoms at a stellar core. And this perhaps adds length to the EM Ropes that could be utilized by other free neutrons in the Universe, to grow out their electron threads as in a "normal" hydrogen atom.
Once a neutron is forged in a star, it can burrow into H atoms and perhaps help clamp them or envelope them together in a fusion. When burrowed in fusion their electron threads are confined to much shorter lengths for the duration of the nuclear bond due to a critical abundance of threads or some other relation like isospin. When they are emitted in a decay perhaps they can somehow gradually wind out their electron threads, using excess EM Rope supplied by neutrons being forged in stars from other locations of the Universe. The electron threads might just take control of each other and wind themselves out. A proton has its electron threads emitted out to greater lengths
In other heavier and less stable isotopes, where neutrons are on the periphery of the nucleus, on occasion, the neutron could emit its electron threads to greater lengths perhaps due to less confinement or due to a greater number of extraneous EM Ropes crossing through and cluttering up in superposition. There is an astrophysical factor in radioactive decays, and this is due to the whole number of extraneous EM Ropes intersecting through isotopes at any given location and time especially in relation to stars and perhaps even different alignment of stars (see Schnoll's Papers). "God does not play dice". And so the decaying neutron could possibly repel itself out of the nucleus via its emitting electron threads as it become a 'normal' H atom. It doesn't even have to emit them evenly. It could emit electron threads to one direction say North, and this is enough to cause a reaction.
It would seem that all protons and neutrons are permanent and fundamental objects of the Universe. Perhaps we categorize them under H atom. Their converging threads never split apart neither will new protons and neutrons (or H atoms) ever form. In other words they seem eternal. I think this is inexplicable in terms of science. H atoms, or protons and neutrons, JUST ARE. They are surely made to last forever.